BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Adams Central 80 Fremont 58
Anderson 50 Richmond 45
Andrean 84 Lowell 53
Bedford North Lawrence 68 Floyd Central 46
Bellmont 72 East Noble 57
Ben Davis 56 Pike 46
Bethany Christian 57 Elkhart Christian 53 OT
Bethesda Christian 61 Faith Christian 28
Bloomington South 72 Mitchell 38
Blue River 52 Knightstown 49
Bluffton 44 Eastbrook 36
Boone Grove 70 Wheeler 47
Brebeuf Jesuit 73 Indianapolis Lutheran 52
Brownsburg 49 Indianapolis Attucks 44
Brownstown Central 73 Columbus East 29
Carmel 42 Lawrence North 35
Carroll (Flora) 65 Clinton Central 48
Carroll (Fort Wayne) 52 Huntington North 51
Castle 66 Evansville Bosse 63
Caston 60 North White 37
Centerville 46 Winchester 44
Central Noble 59 Prairie Heights 36
Charlestown 67 North Harrison 37
Chesterton 73 Michigan City 66 OT
Clay City 59 Shakamak 46
Clinton Prairie 54 North Montgomery 42
Concord 47 NorthWood 29
Connersville 56 Columbus North 48
Corydon Central 66 Austin 62 OT
Covington 47 Fountain Central 44
Crawford County 55 West Washington 53
Crawfordsville 52 Western Boone 45
Crown Point 68 Portage 39
Culver 61 Demotte Christian 53
Daleville 78 Randolph Southern 40
Danville 67 Frankfort 49
East Central 43 Lawrenceburg 41
Eastern (Pekin) 75 Henryville 55
Eastern Greene 58 White River Valley 32
Eastside 63 Hamilton 33
Edgewood 55 Bloomington North 52
Elkhart 45 New Prairie 26
Evansville Harrison 68 Evansville Central 51
Evansville Memorial 64 Evansville Reitz 58
Evansville North 65 South Knox 30
Fairfield 49 Garrett 32
Fishers 51 Westfield 49
Forest Park 55 Evansville Mater Dei 51
Fort Wayne Concordia 59 Angola 39
Frontier 69 West Central 55
Gibson Southern 60 Southridge 52
Goshen 62 Plymouth 56 OT
Greenfield-Central 45 Delta 41
Greensburg 38 Rushville 26
Hamilton Heights 62 Frankton 40
Hamilton Southeastern 58 Franklin Central 46
Hammond Noll 69 Marquette Catholic 30
Hanover Central 51 Highland 37
Hauser 64 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 37
Hebron 72 Washington Twp. 45
Heritage Hills 67 Boonville 48
Illiana Christian 59 Calumet 46
Indianapolis Ritter 61 Cascade 52
Indianapolis Roncalli 53 Indianapolis Chatard 45
Indianapolis Scecina 45 Beech Grove 43
Jasper 49 Barr-Reeve 45
Jay County 53 Southern Wells 39
Jennings County 58 New Albany 56
Jimtown 57 South Bend Adams 43
Kankakee Valley 53 Hobart 47
Kokomo 91 Indianapolis Cathedral 74
Kouts 67 Lake Station 53
LaLumiere Regional 59 LaVille 43
Lafayette Central Catholic 51 Twin Lakes 44
Lake Central 64 Merrillville 48
Lakeland Christian 52 Lakewood Park 43
Lakeland 70 Churubusco 40
Lanesville 81 Shawe Memorial 65
Lapel 66 Alexandria 49
Lawrence Central 85 North Central (Indianapolis) 77
Leo 59 DeKalb 51
Logansport 75 Harrison (West Lafayette) 63 OT
Manchester 68 Northfield 32
Milan 62 Rising Sun 56
Mishawaka Marian 61 Bremen 24
Mishawaka 56 Warsaw 54 OT
Monroe Central 66 Union (Modoc) 20
Monrovia 51 Greencastle 44
Morgan Twp. 54 South Central (Union Mills) 44
Muncie Burris 51 Anderson Prep 42 OT
Muncie Central 70 Marion 53
Munster 59 Griffith 43
New Palestine 71 Perry Meridian 52
New Washington 53 Medora 47
Noblesville 57 Mount Vernon (Fortville) 26
North Central (Farmersburg) 75 Washington Catholic 23
North Daviess 34 Bloomfield 32
North Decatur 47 Waldron 38
North Knox 57 Northeast Dubois 53
North Posey 66 Pike Central 49
Northeastern 70 Hagerstown 32
Northridge 57 Wawasee 50
Orleans 35 Loogootee 32
Paoli 51 Shoals 42
Park Tudor 68 Indianapolis International 30
Parke Heritage 67 Attica 22
Pendleton Heights 64 Yorktown 57
Penn 56 John Glenn 45
Pioneer 50 North Judson 49 OT
Princeton 62 Mount Vernon (Posey) 33
Proviso East (Ill.) 90 Hammond Central 79
Rensselaer Central 73 Winamac 34
River Forest 60 Oregon-Davis 50
Rochester 62 Southwood 59
Rock Creek Academy 89 Portland Christian (Ky.) 54
Scottsburg 68 Clarksville 31
Seeger 68 Riverton Parke 32
Seton Catholic 67 Union City 49
Seymour 53 Madison 30
Sheridan 87 Indianapolis Herron 39
South Bend Riley 75 South Bend Washington 48
South Bend St. Joseph 65 South Bend Clay 55
South Dearborn 54 Batesville 51
South Vermillion 64 North Vermillion 36
Southport 72 Decatur Central 65
Southwestern (Hanover) 70 South Ripley 44
Speedway 67 Martinsville 46
Sullivan 55 Owen Valley 46
Taylor 45 Eastern (Greentown) 30
Tell City 68 Cannelton 35
Terre Haute North 46 Plainfield 44
Terre Haute South 67 Northview 50
Tippecanoe Valley 47 Western 22
Tri-County 57 North Newton 42
Tri-West 68 Southmont 56
Tri 69 Indiana Deaf 39
Triton Central 45 Covenant Christian 44
Triton 59 Argos 45
Union County 57 Cambridge City Lincoln 52
Valparaiso 62 LaPorte 61
Wabash 57 Lewis Cass 44
Wapahani 81 Cowan 73 3OT
Warren Central 69 Indianapolis Washington 47
Washington 53 Vincennes Lincoln 42
Westview 48 West Noble 45
Westville 80 Portage Christian 24
Whiteland 58 Indian Creek 53
Wood Memorial 66 Vincennes Rivet 28
Woodlan 68 South Adams 32
Zionsville 63 Avon 50

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Fort Wayne Dwenger at Peru 7:45 pm
Gary 21st Century at Gary West 8:00 pm
Harlan Christian at Smith Academy 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Metropolitan at Indianapolis Attucks 7:30 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Indianapolis Riverside 6:00 pm
Lighthouse Christian at Brown County 7:00 pm
Medora at Pleasant View Christian 7:30 pm
Mooresville Christian at Traders Point Christian 7:30 pm
Trinity Greenlawn at Victory Christian 7:30 pm

GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FRIDAY

CLASS 4A
Lake Central
Gary West at Lake Central 6:00 pm
Hammond Central vs. Merrillville 8:00 pm
Valparaiso
Portage at Valparaiso 6:30 pm
Kankakee Valley vs. Crown Point 8:00 pm
South Bend Washington
South Bend Riley vs. South Bend Adams 6:30 pm
Mishawaka at South Bend Washington 8:00 pm
Northridge
Elkhart at Northridge 6:00 pm
Goshen vs. Penn 7:30 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne)
Fort Wayne North at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 6:00 pm
DeKalb vs. Fort Wayne Snider 7:30 pm
Columbia City
Huntington North at Columbia City 6:00 pm
New Haven vs. Homestead 7:30 pm
Kokomo
Lafayette Jeff vs. Harrison (West Lafayette) 6:00 pm
McCutcheon at Kokomo 7:30 pm
Hamilton Southeastern
Zionsville at Hamilton Southeastern 6:00 pm
Noblesville vs. Fishers 7:30 pm
Pendleton Heights
Richmond vs. Mount Vernon (Fortville) 6:00 pm
New Palestine at Pendleton Heights 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral
Indianapolis Tech vs. Warren Central 6:00 pm
Lawrence North vs. Lawrence Central 7:30 pm
Pike
Indianapolis Roncalli at Pike 6:00 pm
Franklin Central vs. Ben Davis 7:30 pm
Avon
Terre Haute North vs. Terre Haute South 6:00 pm
Plainfield vs. Brownsburg 7:30 pm
Mooresville
Bloomington North at Mooresville 6:00 pm
Greenwood vs. Center Grove 7:30 pm
Whiteland
Columbus East at Whiteland 6:00 pm
Columbus North vs. Franklin 7:30 pm
Floyd Central
Jeffersonville vs. Jennings County 6:00 pm
Bedford North Lawrence vs. Silver Creek 7:30 pm
Evansville Harrison
Evansville Reitz vs. Evansville North 6:30 pm
Castle vs. Evansville Central 8:00 pm


CLASS 3A
Highland
River Forest at Highland 6:00 pm
Hanover Central vs. Boone Grove 8:00 pm
Rochester
Culver Academy vs. Bremen 6:00 pm
Tippecanoe Valley at Rochester 7:30 pm
New Prairie
Jimtown at New Prairie 6:30 pm
South Bend St. Joseph vs. South Bend Clay 8:00 pm
West Noble
NorthWood at West Noble 6:00 pm
Fairfield vs. Wawasee 7:30 pm
Garrett
Fort Wayne Concordia vs. Angola 6:00 pm
Woodlan at Garrett 7:30 pm
Twin Lakes
Rensselaer Central vs. West Lafayette 6:30 pm
Benton Central at Twin Lakes 8:00 pm
Maconaquah
Norwell at Maconaquah 6:00 pm
Northwestern vs. Bellmont 7:30 pm
Yorktown
Delta vs. Jay County 6:00 pm
Frankton vs. Hamilton Heights 7:30 pm
Cascade
Danville at Cascade 6:00 pm
Lebanon vs. Tri-West 7:30 pm
Owen Valley
Edgewood at Owen Valley 6:00 pm
Indian Creek vs. Northview 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Chatard
Indianapolis Shortridge at Indianapolis Chatard 6:00 pm
Guerin Catholic vs. Heritage Christian 7:30 pm
Beech Grove
Indianapolis Washington vs. Speedway 6:00 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Beech Grove 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg
Connersville vs. Batesville 6:00 pm
Greensburg at Lawrenceburg 7:30 pm
Charlestown
Scottsburg at Charlestown 6:00 pm
Salem vs. Madison 7:30 pm
Southridge
Princeton vs. Washington 6:30 pm
Pike Central vs. Vincennes Lincoln 8:00 pm
Gibson Southern
Boonville vs. Mount Vernon (Posey) 7:00 pm
Evansville Memorial at Gibson Southern 8:30 pm


CLASS 2A
Lake Station
Andrean at Lake Station 7:00 pm
Illiana Christian vs. Bowman Academy 8:30 pm
North Judson
LaVille vs. Wheeler 6:30 pm
South Bend Career at North Judson 8:00 pm
Eastside
Fremont vs. Westview 6:00 pm
Prairie Heights vs. Central Noble 7:30 pm
North Miami
Lewis Cass at North Miami 6:00 pm
Pioneer vs. Winamac 7:30 pm
South Adams
Fort Wayne Luers vs. Bluffton 6:00 pm
Whitko at South Adams 7:30 pm
Delphi
Carroll (Flora) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic 6:00 pm
Clinton Prairie at Delphi 7:30 pm
Elwood
Madison-Grant vs. Eastbrook 6:00 pm
Eastern (Greentown) vs. Blackford 7:30 pm
Lapel
Wes-Del vs. Winchester 6:00 pm
Wapahani at Lapel 7:30 pm
Northeastern
Shenandoah vs. Knightstown 6:00 pm
Union County at Northeastern 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Scecina
Triton Central vs. Eastern Hancock 6:00 pm
Irvington Prep at Indianapolis Scecina 7:30 pm
Park Tudor
Sheridan at Park Tudor 6:00 pm
Covenant Christian vs. University 7:30 pm
South Putnam
Riverton Parke vs. Greencastle 6:00 pm
Parke Heritage vs. Southmont 7:30 pm
North Decatur
Milan at North Decatur 6:00 pm
South Ripley vs. Switzerland County 7:30 pm
Providence
Henryville vs. Brownstown Central 6:00 pm
Austin vs. Eastern (Pekin) 7:30 pm
North Knox
Paoli vs. Linton-Stockton 6:00 pm
South Knox at North Knox 7:30 pm
South Spencer
Tell City at South Spencer 6:30 pm
Perry Central vs. Crawford County 8:00 pm


CLASS 1A
Morgan Twp.
Demotte Christian vs. Kouts 7:00 pm
Washington Twp. at Morgan Twp. 8:30 pm
Culver
Oregon-Davis vs. Marquette Catholic 6:00 pm
Triton vs. Argos 7:30 pm
Lakewood Park
Hamilton vs. Bethany Christian 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Blackhawk at Lakewood Park 7:30 pm
South Newton
North White vs. Tri-County 6:30 pm
Caston at South Newton 8:00 pm
Northfield
Lakeland Christian vs. Southern Wells 6:00 pm
Southwood at Northfield 7:30 pm
Attica
Clinton Central vs. Fountain Central 6:00 pm
Rossville at Attica 7:30 pm
Anderson Prep
Cowan vs. Daleville 6:00 pm
Tri-Central at Anderson Prep 7:30 pm
Union City
Union (Modoc) vs. Tri 6:00 pm
Blue River at Union City 7:30 pm
Bloomfield
Clay City vs. North Central (Farmersburg) 6:00 pm
Shakamak at Bloomfield 7:30 pm
Bethesda Christian
Indiana Deaf at Bethesda Christian 6:00 pm
MTI Knowledge vs. Indiana Math & Science 7:30 pm
Eminence
Greenwood Christian vs. Providence Cristo Rey 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Tindley at Eminence 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville)
Jac-Cen-Del vs. South Decatur 6:00 pm
Oldenburg Academy vs. Morristown 7:30 pm
West Washington
Rock Creek Academy vs. Lanesville 6:00 pm
Borden at West Washington 7:30 pm
New Washington
Trinity Lutheran at New Washington 6:00 pm
Rising Sun vs. Shawe Memorial 7:30 pm
Barr-Reeve
Orleans vs. Vincennes Rivet 6:00 pm
Springs Valley at Barr-Reeve 7:30 pm
Wood Memorial
Evansville Christian vs. Northeast Dubois 6:30 pm
Cannelton at Wood Memorial 8:00 pm

WRESTLING REGIONALS-SATURDAY

1. HOBART | 9 AM CT  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL, PORTAGE.

2. CROWN POINT | 9 AM CT  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: CROWN POINT, LAPORTE.

3. PENN | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: MISHAWAKA, PLYMOUTH.

4. LOGANSPORT | 10 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: LAFAYETTE JEFFERSON, TWIN LAKES.

5. GOSHEN | 9:30 AM ET
FEEDER SECTIONALS: ELKHART, WEST NOBLE.

6. CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: CARROLL (FORT WAYNE), NEW HAVEN.

7. PERU | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: PERU, OAK HILL.

8. JAY COUNTY | 8:30 AM ET
FEEDER SECTIONALS: DELTA, JAY COUNTY.

9. NORTH MONTGOMERY | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: CRAWFORDSVILLE, FRANKFORT.

10. PENDLETON HEIGHTS | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: ELWOOD, INDIANAPOLIS ARSENAL TECHNICAL.

11. PERRY MERIDIAN | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: SHELBYVILLE, SOUTHPORT.

12. RICHMOND | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: SOUTH DEARBORN, SHENANDOAH.

13. MOORESVILLE | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: AVON, MOORESVILLE.

14. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH | 10 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: BLOOMINGTON NORTH, SOUTHRIDGE.

15. JEFFERSONVILLE | 8 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: JEFFERSONVILLE, JENNINGS COUNTY.

16. CASTLE | 9 AM CT  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: CASTLE, EVANSVILLE CENTRAL.

SUPER BOWL LVIII 

SUNDAY, FEB. 11

KANSAS CITY VS. SAN FRANCISCO

IN LAS VEGAS, 6:30 P.M. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

NEBRASKA 80 #6 WISCONSON 72 OT

#11 ARIZONA 91 CALIFORNIA 65

ELSEWHERE:

GREEN BAY 79 IUPUI 56

MILWAUKEE 68 PURDUE FT. WAYNE 65

SOUTHERN INDIANA 74 TENNESSEE TECH 71

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#17 VIRGINIA TECH 76 VIRGINIA 63

#8 OHIO STATE 87 WISCONSIN 49

#16 LOUISVILLE 81 #21 SYRACUSE 69

#14 NOTRE DAME 85 GEORGIA TECH 48

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 76 AUBURN 54

#5 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 63 #24 NORTH CAROLINA 59

#12 TEXAS 67 #13 BAYLOR 55

#19 GONZAGA 80 SAN DIEGO 52

ELSEWHERE:

SOUTHERN INDIANA 81 TENNESSEE TECH 72

NBA SCOREBOARD

New York 109 Indiana 105

LA Lakers 114 Boston 105

Philadelphia 127 Utah 124

Philadelphia 127 Utah 124

NHL SCOREBOARD

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NFL NEWS

PATRICK MAHOMES AND BROCK PURDY ARE CHASING GREATNESS AND THE GREATEST IN TOM BRADY AND JOE MONTANA

Patrick Mahomes is chasing Tom Brady. Brock Purdy is playing in the shadow of Joe Montana.

Winning the Super Bowl would be another major step for either quarterback.

Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs seek to become the first team in 19 years to win back-to-back Super Bowls when they take on Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas on Feb. 11.

For Mahomes, it’s an opportunity to win his third NFL championship in his sixth full season as a starter at age 28. Brady won his third of seven Super Bowl rings in his fourth season as a starter at age 27.

For Purdy, it’s a chance to complete his journey from being the last player selected in the 2022 draft to leading a storied franchise to a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title. Only the Patriots and Steelers have won six.

If Mahomes is going to make a run at Brady’s record, he has to win this one. These opportunities are rare.

The Chiefs had a difficult path to get to this point and had to go on the road twice in the playoffs for the first time in the Mahomes’ era. There’s a reason why no team has repeated since Brady led New England to two Super Bowl victories in a row in the 2003-04 seasons.

A third title in five years would solidify Kansas City’s claim to a dynasty. The Patriots won three in four years in the 2000s and they won three in five years in the 2010s.

“I think in dynasties, I always say you’ve got to win three,” Mahomes said before the season. “Our job is to do whatever we can to win as many as we can, not have any regrets when we step off the field. I think if we keep the mentality we have, we can look back at the end of our career (and) then we can decide if we’re a dynasty or not.”

The Chiefs realize they have a unique talent in Mahomes, already a certainty for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The two-time NFL and Super Bowl MVP has built an impressive resume and is working toward being in the GOAT conversation.

“We see it every day, we don’t take that for granted,” coach Andy Reid said. “We respect the job that he does, and we appreciate it. We know we’re seeing something special, and he’s still young in this business. That’s a great thing for the Chiefs, it’s a great thing for the city. It’s somebody you can build around and (general manager) Brett Veach does a great job with that of making sure that other positions are relative to that. It’s a positive thing that we’re very aware of is the best way I can say it.”

If Purdy wins, he’ll stamp his own identity in San Francisco, where Montana led the 49ers to four championships in the 1980s and fellow Pro Football Hall of Famer, Steve Young, helped them win their fifth title 29 years ago.

Purdy rose from being “Mr. Irrelevant” to replace Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance and won his first seven career starts, including two playoff games. But he suffered a significant elbow injury in the first quarter of San Francisco’s loss at Philadelphia in the NFC championship game last year.

Purdy returned from surgery to start the season opener and was outstanding, becoming a finalist for the AP NFL MVP award. He led the NFL with a 113 passer rating and his 9.6 yards per attempt were the most in the NFL for a qualifying QB since Kurt Warner had 9.9 in 2000. Purdy was the first Niners quarterback in more than 20 years to throw for more than 4,000 yards (4,280) or at least 30 TDs (31).

He’s helped the 49ers advance with a pair of comeback wins in the playoffs, showing off some of those “Joe Cool” qualities in the clutch that made Montana one of the all-time greatest winners.

And this week, Purdy, the AP has learned, signed a major deal with Toyota to be a national partner and brand ambassador, becoming the first active player the company has partnered with since signing a partnership with the NFL in October 2023.

All he needs now is a Super Bowl MVP trophy. He’d be happy with just a win.

“What a challenge. You’ve got Mahomes, what he does, their team, they’re special,” Purdy said. “They’re winners. They’ve proven that over however many years he’s been there. For us to go back and play them is going to be sweet, going to be special for all of us. I wasn’t here obviously in ’19. You could just tell the guys that have been here, like, anybody, it would be special for them to play these guys. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

CHARGERS INTRODUCE JIM HARBAUGH, WHO WANTS ‘MULTIPLE’ TITLES

Jim Harbaugh approached the lectern, thanked the Los Angeles Chargers for another opportunity to coach in the NFL, made a “Shawshank Redemption” reference and proclaimed his goal is to win “multiple” Super Bowls.

The former Michigan coach’s force of personality and colorful analogies were on display as he was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Chargers on Thursday in Inglewood, Calif.

“We’re in one of the great cities there is. One thing I know is Los Angeles, Southern California, they respect talent, effort and winning,” Harbaugh said. “And it needs to be multiple, multiple championships. And we’re gonna be humble and hungry, but that’s our goal.”

Harbaugh’s introduction lasted more than an hour. Before Harbaugh held court with reporters, Chargers owner and chairman Dean Spanos introduced the 60-year-old and told him that the franchise “will do everything in our power to provide you with whatever support and tools you need to be successful.”

The Chargers have gone 36-47 with one playoff appearance in the past five seasons, but they have a franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert for Harbaugh to build around.

Harbaugh, who went on to bring up his love for the sports comedy series “Ted Lasso,” said his excitement about moving to the Chargers was reminiscent of a certain classic film.

“If I could describe it to you, it’d be like Morgan Freeman in ‘Shawshank Redemption.’ … What a free man would feel before a long journey,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh’s departure from his alma mater, weeks after guiding Michigan to a national championship, may not exactly be a prison escape — although there was the possibility he would face additional discipline for alleged recruiting violations during the COVID dead period or a sign-stealing scandal.

The former San Francisco 49ers coach was asked why he left college now, and why he chose the Chargers.

“I felt that the Spanos family, the Chargers organization, they made it feel they liked what I did and how I did it,” Harbaugh said. “That’s all you could ever want from somebody that’s employing you. Love of Michigan, but loved the NFL and this opportunity.

“As my dad would say, who’s got it better than us?”

Harbaugh has made a winner out of every team he’s coached. FCS San Diego went 29-6 during Harbaugh’s three seasons (2004-06) before his four-year tenure at Stanford (2007-10) ended with a 12-1 season and an Orange Bowl victory.

With the 49ers, he went 44-19-1 in four seasons and lost Super Bowl XLVII to his brother John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens before a nine-year, 89-25 tenure at Michigan.

Only three head coaches have won both a college national championship and a Super Bowl: Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer and Pete Carroll, Harbaugh’s now-retired nemesis in the Pac-12 and the NFC West.

“I want another shot to be simply known as world champions,” Harbaugh said. “The Lombardi Trophy. That’s my mission. Happy and grateful to have this opportunity and already attacking, already a lot of work getting done.”

Harbaugh played the final two seasons of his 14-year NFL playing career with the then-San Diego Chargers in 1999-2000.

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS HIRING DALLAS COWBOYS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR DAN QUINN AS COACH, AP SOURCES SAY

The Washington Commanders have an agreement with Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to hire him as coach, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team had not yet announced the move. Washington was the final NFL team to fill its head-coaching vacancy.

Quinn, 53, spent the past three seasons running the defense for the NFC East-rival Cowboys after five-plus seasons coaching the Atlanta Falcons. Quinn coached the Falcons to a Super Bowl appearance in 2016 before being fired after an 0-5 start in 2020.

He became Washington’s choice after Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, considered a top candidate, told teams Tuesday he was staying with Detroit and the Seahawks hired Baltimore defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald on Wednesday.

Controlling owner Josh Harris, new general manager and head of football operations Adam Peters and Quinn give the organization a much-desired new approach after four years of Ron Rivera in charge of everything turned out to be a disappointment. Harris was committed to splitting the personnel and coaching duties this time around.

Much like Peters with the ability to hire a new coach, Quinn now gets the chance to fill out his own staff in his second stint as an NFL head coach. It remains to be seen if Eric Bieniemy returns as offensive coordinator, though that’s not expected, and that position on defense is vacant after Rivera fired Jack Del Rio midway through this past season.

Quinn’s defense ranked fifth in the league in yards and points allowed, helping Dallas win the NFC East before losing in the first round of the playoffs. He inherits the Commanders after they went 4-13, including two blowout losses to the Cowboys.

Washington does have the second pick in the draft, more than $80 million in salary cap space and the opportunity for Peters and Quinn to handpick the next quarterback for a franchise that has not had any consistency at the position in decades.

After Johnson pulled himself out of consideration, Washington brass had to pivot to other candidates. Macdonald going to Seattle made Quinn the front-runner, and he got the job over the likes of Detroit defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and Baltimore assistant Anthony Weaver.

Quinn represents the leader Peters was looking for in the successor to Rivera.

Quinn had also been linked to the Seahawks, for whom he worked under Pete Carroll as defensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014 before getting his first chance to run a team with Atlanta. The Falcons led 28-3 in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5, 2017, before losing to the New England Patriots.

A New Jersey native, Quinn broke into coaching by running the defensive line for William & Mary in 1994 before one year at Virginia Military Institute and five at Hofstra. He worked on staff for San Francisco, the New York Jets and Seattle from 2001-10, returned to college at Florida and went back to the Seahawks, helping them win the Super Bowl in the 2013 season.

Quinn joins an organization that hasn’t won a championship since 1992 and owns only two playoff victories over the past three decades.

Quarterback — as usual in Washington — is the biggest question, and Peters and Quinn now have a major decision to make at the most important position in football, after Sam Howell petered out in 17 games as the starter. The No. 2 pick could be an opportunity to take North Carolina’s Drake Maye, or they could decide to explore options by trade or through free agency.

RAVENS TAB ZACH ORR AS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

The Baltimore Ravens hired Zach Orr as their new defensive coordinator on Thursday, one day after Mike Macdonald left that position to become the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

Orr, 31, spent the past two seasons as the Ravens’ inside linebackers coach.

He played three seasons as a linebacker with the Ravens (2014-16) before he announced his retirement due to a congenital neck/spine condition. He joined Baltimore as a coach and personnel assistant and was promoted to coaching analyst for two seasons before joining the Jacksonville Jaguars to coach outside linebackers in 2021.

“Zach is a homegrown Raven in every way,” Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said. “His energy, intelligence, work ethic and strong communication skills have been on display since the day he joined our organization as a player in 2014.

“From making our team as an undrafted rookie, to becoming an All-Pro linebacker, then later transitioning to an assistant coach who helped mentor multiple Pro Bowl defenders, Zach has excelled at every level of his football journey. He knows our players and understands our standard as well as anyone. I’m confident that he is prepared to take on the challenge of continuing to develop our players and scheme as our next defensive coordinator.”

Macdonald helped the Ravens earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC in 2023, with his defense finishing first in scoring defense (16.5 points per game) and sixth in the NFL in total defense (301.4 yards per game).

Baltimore’s season ended on Sunday with a 17-10 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

Orr totaled 163 tackles, three interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 46 games (15 starts) with the Ravens.

PANTHERS’ NEW BRASS: ‘IT’S GOING TO GET BETTER’

The Carolina Panthers introduced new general manager Dan Morgan and new head coach Dave Canales on Thursday, and Morgan made a vow to fans.

“This is a dream come true for both of us,” Morgan said. “We’re going to work our butts off. … It’s going to get better. … We’re going to do things the right way to build a championship team here.”

The Panthers finished 2-15 last season and haven’t had a winning year since 2017, when they were 11-5 but lost in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

For the Panthers to succeed, it will start with quarterback Bryce Young. The team gave up considerable draft capital to move up in the 2023 draft to spend the No. 1 selection on Young, who had an underwhelming rookie season.

Canales was the quarterbacks coach with the Seattle Seahawks in 2022 when Geno Smith was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year. As offensive coordinator last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he called the plays that helped Baker Mayfield throw for a career high in yardage.

“Attention to the details, first and foremost. It starts off with relationships,” Canales said of Young. “I want him to be the best possible version of himself.”

He said he intends to call the plays in Carolina and will develop packages that best suit Young’s skill set.

“There are certain things you can do to help,” Canales said of aiding his 5-foot-10 quarterback. “There are ways to find what that quarterback’s comfortable seeing.”

Canales began his coaching career at a Los Angeles-area high school in 2004, then eventually landed in 2009 at Southern California and on the staff of Pete Carroll, whom he followed to the Seattle Seahawks the next year. This is his first head-coaching opportunity at any level.

“Can I say I’m nervous? Is that all right? This is a big task,” Canales said. “This is serious for me. I don’t take that lightly … I’m fired up about it. I love a great challenge.”

Morgan, who worked with Canales in Seattle, appears to be on a mission.

“We’re super passionate about bringing a team that the fans can be proud of, that our players can be proud of,” Morgan said. “When teams drive up to this stadium, we want them to fear that logo. The logo has to be feared again. ‘Cause right now, it’s not feared. So we gotta get that back. But I think it starts with getting the right players.”

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: TYRESE MAXEY SCORES 51 AS SIXERS EDGE JAZZ

Tyrese Maxey scored a career-high 51 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers snap a four-game losing streak with a thrilling 127-124 win over the Utah Jazz on Thursday in Salt Lake City.

Hours after being named an NBA All-Star reserve, Maxey proved he belongs among the league’s elite by making 17 of 27 field goals, hitting seven 3-pointers and going 10-for-11 from the free-throw line. Two of those free throws came with 4.1 seconds remaining. Tobias Harris added 28 points for the 76ers and Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 16.

Joel Embiid missed the game for the 76ers after suffering a lateral meniscus injury in his left knee in Tuesday’s game against Golden State.

Lauri Markkanen had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, which lost a third consecutive game.

Lakers 114, Celtics 105

Austin Reaves scored a season-high 32 points to help undermanned Los Angeles beat host Boston.

Reaves was 10 of 18 from the floor and made 7 of his 10 3-point attempts. Boston was within six points early in the fourth but failed to get any closer after that.

Jayson Tatum scored a team-high 23 points for the Celtics, who received 17 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots from Kristaps Porzingis. Sam Hauser made five 3-pointers and also finished with 17 points. Al Horford led Boston with nine rebounds.

Cavaliers 108, Grizzlies 101

Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points and handed out seven assists as visiting Cleveland won its fourth straight game, beating Memphis.

Hours after being chosen as one of seven Eastern Conference All-Star reserves, Mitchell hit a 3-pointer to put Cleveland ahead 101-97 with 2:42 remaining.

Jaren Jackson Jr. led the injury-plagued Grizzlies with 25 points. Santi Aldama had 18 points and nine rebounds, Vince Williams Jr. scored 17 points, and GG Jackson and Scotty Pippen Jr. finished with 10 apiece.

Knicks 109, Pacers 105

Jalen Brunson, named an Eastern Conference All-Star earlier, scored 11 of his 40 points in the final 6:45 for surging New York, which won its ninth straight game by overcoming a 15-point deficit to beat visiting Indiana.

The Knicks have won their last three games despite the absence of fellow All-Star Julius Randle (separated shoulder) and OG Anunoby (right elbow). Quentin Grimes (right knee) also missed Thursday’s game. Precious Achiuwa (12 points, 16 rebounds) and Isaiah Hartenstein (12 points, 19 rebounds) had double-doubles for the Knicks. Donte DiVincenzo scored 20 points while Miles McBride added 16 points off the bench.

Reserve Jalen Smith scored 20 points for the Pacers, who have lost two straight and five of eight. Pascal Siakam had 18 points, Aaron Nesmith added 17 points and Tyrese Haliburton — playing back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 6-8 — scored 15 points.

76ERS FINED $75K FOR LEAVING EMBIID OFF INJURY REPORT

The NBA fined the Philadelphia 76ers $75,000 on Thursday for not listing Joel Embiid’s knee issue on the injury report ahead of Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.

Philadelphia was not fined for violating the player participation policy, as the league confirmed the authenticity of Embiid’s injury, but the fine amount did factor in the 76ers’ history of breaking rules about reporting injuries.

Embiid looked set to play Saturday against the Nuggets and star center Nikola Jokic as he was not listed on the 76ers’ injury report despite experiencing knee discomfort in his previous game against the Indiana Pacers. However, following his warmup routine, the team’s medical staff opted to shut down Embiid at the last minute. The NBA had promoted the game throughout the day as a national TV matchup on ABC.

The 29-year-old’s sudden scratch drew widespread criticism of both the team and Embiid, who hasn’t played in Denver since November 2019.

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone also questioned Embiid’s unexpected absence.

“I don’t know how you go from being active, available, to out. And I’m sure the league will do their due diligence, because that’s frowned upon,” Malone said after Denver’s 111-105 win versus Philadelphia, courtesy of The Denver Post’s Bennett Durando.

“And we’ve had situations this year where we talked to the league, and they told us if a player goes from being active to out, there’s going to be an investigation. So I’m sure that’ll happen. And I’m sure that Joel, he hurt his knee in the Indiana game. Like, that’s real. … I’m sure he is hurt.”

REPORT: WARRIORS WON’T TRADE KLAY, DRAYMOND BEFORE DEADLINE

A pair of veteran Golden State Warriors look to be sticking around.

The team has no interest in trading forward Draymond Green or guard Klay Thompson before the Feb. 8 deadline, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

The Warriors have struggled over the first half of the season, going 20-24 – good for 12th in the Western Conference.

Thompson is averaging 17.6 points this campaign, his lowest mark since his second season in the NBA, while adding 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Green is averaging 9.3 points, 6.1 assists, and six rebounds this campaign.

On top of the team’s struggles this season, Green was also suspended for 21 games as a result of separate incidents involving Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert and Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic.

Meanwhile, head coach Steve Kerr has advocated for the franchise to not trade guards Chris Paul and Gary Payton II.

“We’re not going to find better players than (Paul and Payton) in a trade,” Kerr said Wednesday on 97.5 The Game’s “Willard & Dibs” show. “It’s exceedingly rare to make a deal where you can upgrade your talent to that level.”

A player that Golden State could move is forward Andrew Wiggins. The franchise has included the 28-year-old in player-for-player trade offers, league sources told The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.

The Warriors take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

REPORT: GRIZZLIES TRADING STEVEN ADAMS TO ROCKETS

The Memphis Grizzlies swapped center Steven Adams to the Houston Rockets for guard Victor Oladipo, two 2024 second-round draft picks and one 2025 second-rounder, ESPN reported Thursday.

Adams and Oladipo are not currently playing as they recover from knee injuries.

Adams, 30, played for Memphis for two seasons but sprained the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in January 2023. After trying to rehab it without an operation, Adams had to undergo surgery on the knee in October and was ruled out for the 2023-24 season.

He is expected to be ready to return to the court in 2024-25.

Adams has averaged 9.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game over 706 career appearances (641 starts) for the Oklahoma City Thunder (2013-20), New Orleans Pelicans (2020-21) and Grizzlies.

The oft-injured Oladipo, 31, tore the patellar tendon in his left knee during the first round of the playoffs last spring while with the Miami Heat. That necessitated Oladipo’s third major surgery in four years, following two on his right quadriceps.

Since then, Oladipo has been traded three times: from Miami to Oklahoma City, from there to the Rockets and now to the Grizzlies.

Oladipo, the second overall pick of the 2013 draft, has averaged 16.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists over his 504-game career with the Orlando Magic (2013-16), Thunder (2016-17), Indiana Pacers (2017-21), Rockets (2021) and Heat (2021-23).

NBA ALL-STAR RESERVES: STEPHEN CURRY IN, DE’AARON FOX OUT

The NBA announced All-Star Game reserves Thursday, with Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors making the Western Conference team for the 10th time and the NBA Player of the Month for January, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, getting his fourth All-Star nod.

Rounding out the Western Conference reserves, joining Booker and Curry, were Los Angeles Lakers center Anthony Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves teammates Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns and Los Angeles Clippers teammates Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Notable players left off the West team were Clippers guard James Harden, Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert and Sacramento Kings teammates De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis.

The All-Star Game is Feb. 18 in Indianapolis.

New York teammates Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle, primary drivers in the Knicks’ charge up the conference standings, led the group of reserves for the East.

The Eastern Conference reserves are Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo, Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero, Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell, Brunson and Randle.

Among those not named for the Eastern Conference All-Stars were Celtics teammates Derrick White and Kristaps Porzingis, Raptors wing Scottie Barnes and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young.

The All-Star starters were selected by a vote of fans, players and media. The reserves were picked by coaches from the players’ respective conferences.

The East starters are captain Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), Jayson Tatum (Celtics), Joel Embiid (76ers), Tyrese Haliburton (Pacers) and Damian Lillard (Bucks).

The West starters are captain LeBron James (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Suns), Nikola Jokic (Nuggets), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Thunder), and Luka Doncic (Mavericks).

Making their first All-Star team appearances are Maxey, Brunson and the 21-year-old Banchero.

76ERS C JOEL EMBIID HAS MENISCUS INJURY IN LEFT KNEE

Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Joel Embiid has a lateral meniscus injury in his left knee, a Philadelphia 76ers official told media outlets on Thursday.

Embiid will remain sidelined at least through this weekend as the team determines his treatment plan.

Embiid, 29, was on pace to lead the league in scoring for the third straight season. He was averaging 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.8 blocks but played in just 34 of Philadelphia’s 46 games while dealing with injuries.

As part of the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement, players must play a minimum of 65 regular-season games in order to be eligible for certain awards, including MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and the All-NBA teams.

Embiid missed games at Denver and Portland before returning to the floor Tuesday at the Golden State Warriors. He had 14 points and seven rebounds in almost 30 minutes, but he went back to the locker room with 4:04 left in the game after Golden State’s Jonathan Kuminga landed on his knee during a loose-ball scrum.

Sixers coach Nick Nurse told reporters that Tuesday’s injury had nothing to do with the left knee soreness that kept Embiid out of the previous two games. On Thursday, the team was fined $75,000 for not including Embiid on the injury report in “an accurate and timely manner” before the Denver game.

WNBA NEWS

EX-MERCURY STAR DIGGINS-SMITH SIGNS WITH STORM

Six-time WNBA All-Star Skylar Diggins-Smith is leaving the Phoenix Mercury for the Seattle Storm in free agency.

Diggins-Smith announced the move Thursday on social media.

“Joining the Seattle Storm is the ideal next step in my basketball journey. The organization’s dedication to its players and the progression of the league is commendable,” Diggins-Smith said in a statement. “I’m laser-focused for the upcoming season. Stepping onto the court alongside Jewell (Loyd), benefiting from the leadership of (coach) Noelle Quinn, and feeling the energy of the Seattle Storm fans is a combination that I am confident will lead to success.”

The Storm traded guard Kia Nurse and the No. 4 pick in this year’s WNBA draft to the Los Angeles Sparks on Wednesday in order to create the salary-cap space to sign Diggins-Smith.

A four-time All-WNBA first-team selection, Diggins-Smith reunites with Loyd, her former Notre Dame teammate.

The 33-year-old Diggins-Smith averaged 19.7 points, 5.5 assists, four rebounds, 1.6 steals, and a block in 30 games for the Mercury last season.

SPARKS ACQUIRE AARI MCDONALD, 8TH OVERALL PICK FROM DREAM

The Los Angeles Sparks acquired Aari McDonald and the eighth overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft from the Atlanta Dream on Thursday in exchange for fellow guard Jordin Canada and the 12th overall selection in the same draft.

The Sparks now own the Nos. 2, 4, 8 and 24 picks in the draft, which takes place on April 15.

McDonald, 25, averaged 7.9 points, 3.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 24 games (nine starts) last season with Atlanta. The California native has contributed 8.6 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 90 career games (19 starts) since being selected by the Dream with the third overall pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft.

“Aari is an exciting addition to the Sparks. I look forward to working with her and have been a fan since her collegiate days,” Los Angeles head coach Curt Miller said of McDonald, who played one season at Washington and three at Arizona. “Over her WNBA career, she has shown herself to be one of the fastest guards in the league and will help us establish our tempo on a nightly basis.”

Canada, 28, recorded career-best averages in points (13.3), assists (6.0) and rebounds (3.1) last season. A two-time WNBA champion with Seattle, Canada has contributed 8.8 points, 4.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 182 career games (108 starts) with the Storm and Sparks.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NEBRASKA OVERCOMES 18-POINT DEFICIT TO UPSET NO. 6 WISCONSIN IN OT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska came back from an 18-point second-half deficit to knock off No. 6 Wisconsin 80-72 in overtime on Thursday night, the second top-10 opponent the Cornhuskers have beaten this season.

Rienk Mast scored early in overtime to give the Huskers the lead for good, and when time expired the students spilled onto the court for the second time this season. The first was Jan. 9 when the Huskers beat then-No. 1 Purdue 88-72.

C.J. Wilcher scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, Mast finished with 20, and the Huskers (16-6, 6-5) improved to 6-0 at home in Big Ten play.

It was Nebraska’s biggest comeback since erasing a 19-point deficit against Iowa in 2013. Since 2000, Wisconsin had been 120-0 when leading by 15 or more points at halftime.

AJ Storr matched his season high with 28 points to lead the Badgers (16-5, 9-2). Max Klesmit and Chucky Hepburn had 13 apiece.

The Cornhuskers were down as many as 19 in the first half but were able to come back as Wisconsin, which shot 55% in the first half, dipped to 36% in the second and got sloppy with the ball.

Brice Williams’ two free throws in the final minute of regulation gave Nebraska its first lead at 67-65. Storr’s layup tied it and Mast and Williams missed two shots in the last 20 seconds.

Nebraska capitalized on a run of eight Wisconsin turnovers over eight minutes in the second half to tie it at 52. The Badgers were ahead 63-56 after Klesmit scored 11 points over two minutes.

But Nebraska came back again, got the game to overtime and posted one of its biggest comebacks in program history.

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: The Badgers

Wisconsin: The Badgers had as many turnovers (9) as field goals (9) in the last 20 minutes of regulation.

Nebraska: The Huskers posted their second win over a top-10 opponent in the same season for the first time since 2013-14.

UP NEXT

Wisconsin: Hosts No. 2 Purdue on Sunday.

Nebraska: Visits No. 14 Illinois on Sunday.

BALLO’S DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADS NO. 11 ARIZONA PAST CALIFORNIA

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Oumar Ballo scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Keshad Johnson added 15 points and No. 11 Arizona rolled to a 91-65 win over California on Thursday night.

Arizona (16-5, 7-3 Pac-12) never trailed, jumping out to a 29-11 lead by midway through the first half. The 7-foot, 260-pound Ballo scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds during that opening stretch.

The Wildcats took a 48-28 halftime lead after shooting 56% from the field and outrebounding the Golden Bears 25-11.

California (8-13, 4-6) cut the margin to 15 points early in the second half, but couldn’t get any closer. Caleb Love’s 3-pointer with 12:30 left pushed the Wildcats back up by 22.

Ballo hit all eight of his shots from the field and had six offensive rebounds, doing all his work in just 22 minutes. He became the 54th player in program history to pass 1,000 career points, hitting the mark early in the first half.

KJ Lewis scored 14 points off the bench while Love added 12.

The Golden Bears were led by Jalen Celestine’s 13 points while Rodney Brown Jr. had 12. Jaylon Tyson added 10 points and 10 rebounds. They shot just 7 of 28 (25%) from 3-point range.

Arizona improved to 11-0 at home this season. The Wildcats swept the season series from the Golden Bears, beating them 100-81 on the road last month.

BIG PICTURE

California: The Golden Bears have been a pleasant surprise in the Pac-12 under first-year coach Mark Madsen, winning four of their previous six games before Thursday. They simply ran into a buzzsaw in Tucson, falling into an early hole in a tough road environment.

Arizona: The Wildcats remain in first place in a crowded Pac-12 race. Arizona’s muddled through some inconsistent play over the past month, but there’s little doubt that when it’s rolling, the offense possesses ability that few other teams in the country can match.

UP NEXT

California: At Arizona State on Saturday.

Arizona: Host Stanford on Sunday.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: HANNAH HIDALGO GOES OFF FOR NO. 14 IRISH

Hannah Hidalgo scored a season-high 35 points as Notre Dame routed host Georgia Tech 85-48 on Thursday in Atlanta.

Hidalgo shot 15-of-25 from the floor and also piled up eight assists and six steals for the Fighting Irish (16-4, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Kylee Watson added 19 points and nine rebounds.

Kara Dunn had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (13-9, 4-6).

At halftime, Hidalgo was outscoring Georgia Tech all on her own. The freshman had 18 of the Irish’s 46 points, while the Yellow Jackets had scored just 17 as a team at the break. Hidalgo, who leads the nation in steals with 5.1 per game, notched her 100th of the season in the second quarter against Georgia Tech.

No. 8 Ohio State 87, Wisconsin 49

Cotie McMahon had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Buckeyes raced away from the Badgers in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State (18-3, 9-1 Big Ten) was also boosted by 17 points and five assists from Jacy Sheldon, 11 points and seven boards from Eboni Walker and 10 points from Celeste Taylor. Serah Williams led Wisconsin (10-10, 3-7) with 16 points.

The Buckeyes led by just five points at halftime, but then outscored the Badgers 39-11 in the third quarter. Ohio State went on to lead by as many as 40 points as it scored 36 points off 27 Wisconsin turnovers.

No. 17 Virginia Tech 76, Virginia 63

Elizabeth Kitley scored a season-high 33 points as the Hokies beat the Cavaliers in front of a sold-out crowd in Blacksburg, Va.

Kitley also tied her season-high in rebounding with 18 boards in the fourth straight win for Virginia Tech (17-4, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Georgia Amoore added 20 points and 14 assists for the Hokies, while Matilda Ekh chipped in 13 points. The Hokies outrebounded Virginia 47-31.

Kymora Johnson powered Virginia (10-11, 2-8) with 22 points, while Paris Clark added 18 points.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

NCAA SPENT YEARS FIGHTING LOSING BATTLES AND LEFT ITSELF HELPLESS TO DEFEND LEGAL CHALLENGES

Years of fighting losing battles have left the NCAA almost helpless to defend itself.

The legal pile-on against the largest governing body for college sports in the Unites States continued Wednesday when attorneys general from Tennessee and Virginia filed an antitrust lawsuit that seeks to throw out the few rules the NCAA has to regulate how athletes can be compensated for name, image and likeness.

That pushes the number of antitrust lawsuits the NCAA is actively defending to at least five.

Denial and previous court losses — most notably a unanimous decision against the NCAA from the Supreme Court in 2021 — have flung the doors open to legal scrutiny the NCAA and so-called collegiate sports model cannot withstand.

“The NCAA and (schools) that make up the NCAA have continuously been completely stubborn,” Florida-based sports attorney Darren Heitner said. “They have resisted change. They understand that there’s been an absolute misclassification of athletes as, quote unquote, student-athletes as opposed to employees, and they’ve continuously placed very, very stringent restrictions on the capacity for athletes to capitalize and earn money.”

Three of the current lawsuits seek employment status for college athletes or are trying to direct more of the billions of dollars big-time college football and basketball to the ones who play those sports.

Amy Perko, CEO of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Sports, said the NCAA’s insistence of trying to govern major college football while it has no jurisdiction over its postseason and no say in how the billions in revenue it generates are spent is the root of most of the association’s problems.

“Big revenue football operates in many ways independently from the NCAA, and the NCAA serves as its legal shield,” Perko said.

The latest threats to the NCAA have originated from inside the house.

The move Wednesday by the state AGs echoed what has played out in the past two months with a multistate challenge to NCAA transfer rules.

Overall, the response from Tennessee has become typical from schools that either end up in NCAA’s enforcement crosshairs or do not receive the result they want when dealing with the beleaguered association: Attack the NCAA’s credibility. Blame it for creating an unmanageable situation. And maybe sue.

Coaches and administrators have lamented loosened transfers rules and unregulated NIL for the past two years, calling for the NCAA — which only acts upon the membership’s wishes — to rein it in.

“This legal action would exacerbate what our members themselves have frequently described as a “wild west” atmosphere, further tilting competitive imbalance among schools in neighboring states, and diminishing protections for student-athletes from potential exploitation,” the NCAA said in response to Wednesday’s lawsuit.

For a public figure, taking a stand against the NCAA is always a winning position.

“College sports wouldn’t exist without college athletes, and those students shouldn’t be left behind while everybody else involved prospers,” Tennessee attorney general Jonathan Skrmetti said. “The NCAA’s restraints on prospective students’ ability to meaningfully negotiate NIL deals violate federal antitrust law. Only Congress has the power to impose such limits.”

College sports leaders have been lobbying federal lawmakers for going on five years, since even before the NCAA lifted its ban on athletes cashing in on their fame.

Among the biggest reasons the university presidents who sit at the top of the NCAA’s org chart hired former Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to be its president was his political savvy.

The NCAA’s initial ask of Congress under former President Mark Emmert was for help regulating NIL. Now, that’s almost a side issue. What the NCAA needs is an antitrust exemption that will actually allow it to govern college sports without risk of being sued into oblivion.

Lawmakers have not been in a rush to help. Baker is trying to be proactive, pushing NCAA membership to make radical changes — some that could steer the big-time revenue generating sports closer to professionalism.

“Of course, we need some help from Congress to make this work,” Baker said this month at the NCAA convention in Phoenix. “The answer is: Yes, I know that, but I also believe that it’s important for us to give Congress some idea about what something might look like if they were to choose to support us.”

Mounting legal pressure leads to speculation about whether the NCAA can remain viable at all. Especially, as it risks alienating schools such as Tennessee and others in the power conferences that might be just fine without it.

“For the people who say the NCAA is destined to fail, they’re doomed. Well, it’s easy to say on the outside, but if the schools and their presidents and chancellors wish to remain part of it, and Tennessee is the only disgruntled one, let Tennessee fight the battle. We’re not getting involved,” Heitner said.

It doesn’t appear Tennessee is leading a revolution against the NCAA, but it is chipping away at an already shaky foundation.

NCAA PLACES 15-YEAR SHOW CAUSE AGAINST EX-ALABAMA BASEBALL COACH BRAD BOHANNON IN GAMBLING CASE

The NCAA handed down a five-year suspension as part of a 15-year show cause order against former Alabama baseball coach Brad Bohannon on Thursday, effectively banning him from college coaching, after he provided information to a gambler who used it to make illegal wagers against the Crimson Tide.

The NCAA and Alabama came to a negotiated resolution in the case that involved multiple Level I and II violations, although Bohannon didn’t participate in the investigation. The school was hit with three years of probation and a $5,000 fine, and agreed to additional education programming for athletes, coaches and staff on the potential harms of gambling.

Bohannon was cited for violating NCAA principles of “honesty and sportsmanship” when he provided information about an injury to his starting pitcher to Bert Eugene Neff on April 28, 2023, before Alabama played against LSU. Neff pleaded guilty Wednesday to obstruction of justice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Under conditions of the show cause order, if another school hires Bohannon in an athletically related position, it would be required to suspend him for 100% of regular-season games over the first five years of his employment. After the five years, a school would still be subjected to increased penalties if rules violations occurred under Bohannon

The NCAA released redacted text messages from Bohannon urging Neff to make a big bet against his team “HAMMER … (Student-athlete) is out for sure … Lemme know when I can tell LSU… Hurry.”

Starting pitcher Luke Holman was a late scratch because of back issues before that game and Alabama lost 8-6.

Shortly after that, Neff attempted to place a $100,000 bet on the Alabama game, but the sportsbook limited him to $15,000 and wouldn’t let him place more bets “due to suspicious activity,” the NCAA said.

“Integrity of games is of the utmost importance to NCAA members, and the panel is deeply troubled by Bohannon’s unethical behavior,” said Vince Nicastro, deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the Big East and chief hearing officer for the panel. “Coaches, student-athletes and administrators have access to information deemed valuable to those involved in betting. Improperly sharing that information for purposes of sports betting cuts to the heart of the honesty and sportsmanship we expect of our members and is particularly egregious when shared by those who have the ability to influence the outcome of games.”

Under Neff’s plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to recommend he receive a sentence on the lower end of the federal guidelines, which could result in a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000. The plea deal says Neff shared Bohannon’s information with four other gamblers, who placed wagers on the game, and then lied to FBI agents.

NHL NEWS

NHL ALL-STARS: TEAM MACKINNON INCLUDES SURPRISE PLAYER VS. TEAM MCDAVID

With all of the talent on his team for the NHL All-Star Game three-on-three tournament, Nathan MacKinnon opted to add another dimension when drafting.

Some old-school hockey.

MacKinnon, along with celebrity captain singer Tate McRae and Colorado Avalanche teammate Cale Makar as assistant captain, was sure to add Washington Capitals power forward Tom Wilson and then stepped it up a notch by grabbing Travis Konecny of the Philadelphia Flyers.

“We need an agitator,” MacKinnon told the Sportsnet/ESPN broadcast at the event in Toronto.

Team MacKinnon, which will face the squad headed by Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid, also drafted his Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev and Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman, and added skaters Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Kirill Kaprizov (Minnesota Wild), Sebastian Aho (Carolina Hurricanes), Oliver Bjorkstrand (Seattle Kraken) and Elias Lindholm (Vancouver Canucks).

Lindholm has the distinction of representing a team he has not played for, having been traded to Vancouver from the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, which he found about en route home from a quick vacation in Mexico.

“It sounds a little weird but I’m super excited, super happy. I’m excited to start something new,” he said of joining the Canucks after five-plus seasons in Calgary.

McDavid, along with his assistant captain and Edmonton Oilers teammate Leon Draisaitl and celebrity captain actor Will Arnett, made a surprising first selection in the draft when they took Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.

“We want somebody who’s going to make a difference,” said Arnett, who wore a Toronto Maple Leafs hat despite working alongside a pair of Oilers stars.

Team McDavid also includes goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and his Florida Panthers teammate Sam Reinhart, as well as David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins), Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo Sabres), Robert Thomas (St. Louis Blues), Boone Jenner (Columbus Blue Jackets), Nick Suzuki (Montreal Canadiens) and Tomas Hertl (San Jose Sharks).

The winner of the MacKinnon-McDavid game will face the victor of the clash between Team Matthews and Team Hughes in the championship game. The victorious team will split a $1 million prize.

BASEBALL NEWS

REPORTS: RHP KEYNAN MIDDLETON SET TO SIGN WITH CARDS

Free agent reliever Keynan Middleton and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to contract terms pending a physical, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday.

The 30-year-old right-hander began last season with the Chicago White Sox, then was dealt to the New York Yankees at the Aug. 1 trade deadline in exchange for minor league right-hander Juan Carela.

He had no decisions and a 1.88 ERA in 12 appearances for New York, capping a season in which he went 2-2 with two saves and a 3.38 ERA in 51 outings.

Middleton is headed to his sixth team as he enters his eighth major league season.

He broke into the majors with the Angels in 2017, then logged a career-best six saves for Los Angeles the following year. Middleton spent one season apiece with the Seattle Mariners (2021) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (2022) before signing a minor league deal with the White Sox last January.

The Cardinals’ top ninth-inning options last season, Ryan Helsley (14 saves) and Giovanny Gallegos (10 saves), remain with the club.

ORIOLES ACQUIRE RHP CORBIN BURNES FROM BREWERS

The Baltimore Orioles acquired former Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes from the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday for infielder Joey Ortiz, left-hander DL Hall and the 34th pick in this year’s MLB Draft.

Burnes, a 29-year-old right-hander, went 10-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 193 2/3 innings last year, earning his third straight All-Star selection. In 2021, Burnes was selected the National League Cy Young Award winner after going 11-5 with a major-league-leading 2.43 ERA, striking out 234 batters in 167 innings.

In six seasons with the Brewers, Burnes went 45-27 with a 3.26 ERA, striking out 870 in 709 1/3 innings.

Burnes joins an Orioles team that was arguably the surprise of baseball last season, winning 101 games, 18 more than in 2022. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2024 season.

Ortiz, 25, hit .321 with nine homers and 58 RBIs in 88 games for Triple-A Norfolk last season. Ortiz, a fourth-round pick by Baltimore in 2019, also played 15 games with the Orioles in 2023, batting .212 with no homers and four RBIs.

Hall, 25, made 18 relief appearances with the Orioles last season, going 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA in 19 1/3 innings, striking out 23. He was drafted in the first round by the Orioles — 21st overall — in 2017.

AUTO RACING

SEVEN-TIME F1 CHAMPION LEWIS HAMILTON WILL LEAVE MERCEDES AT THE END OF 2024 TO JOIN FERRARI

Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will leave Mercedes at the end of this year to join Ferrari on a multi-year deal, the Italian team confirmed on Thursday.

Mercedes said Hamilton activated a release clause in the two-year contract extension he signed last year. Ferrari then confirmed that the 39-year-old British driver will join in 2025.

Hamilton joined Mercedes from McLaren in 2013 and won six of his seven world titles at the Silver Arrows on his way to a record 103 race wins.

“I have had an amazing 11 years with this team and I’m so proud of what we have achieved together. Mercedes has been part of my life since I was 13 years old,” Hamilton said in a team statement. “It’s a place where I have grown up, so making the decision to leave was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. But the time is right for me to take this step and I’m excited to be taking on a new challenge.”

Hamilton has not won the title since 2020 and has not won a race since the penultimate race of the 2021 campaign.

Ferrari has not won a drivers’ title since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.

TOP NASCAR CUP DRIVERS EAGER TO START SEASON IN L.A.

It truly will be a Clash of the Titans.

No, that’s not a reference to the 1981 film steeped in ancient Greek mythology. It concerns the third iteration of the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum, a short-track NASCAR Cup Series exhibition race that features the titans of stock car racing, whose talent is no myth at all.

On Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, a field of 23 qualifying Cup drivers will compete for bragging rights on a quarter-mile, purpose-built race track inside iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. As an addition to the program this year, the rising stars and veterans of the NASCAR Mexico Series will run a 150-lap race at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The Clash will be broadcast on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

“This is a tremendous win for our fans and our sport,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice president, racing development and strategy, and the principal architect of NASCAR’s expansion into stadium-based racing.

“Not only will the fans see the stars of the NASCAR Cup Series in action, they will also bear witness to the talent and skill that is found within the NASCAR Mexico Series. I can’t think of a better way to begin our 2024 season.”

Though this is the third running of the Clash in Los Angeles, the event as the kickoff to Speedweeks in Daytona dates to 1979. Among active drivers, Denny Hamlin is the only three-time winner of the Clash, starting with his rookie season in 2006 and adding victories in 2014 and 2016.

The bullring in the L.A. Coliseum, however, is a far cry from 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, where Hamlin scored his three Clash wins.

“It’s a unique atmosphere and a fun race to kick the season off,” said Hamlin, who finished ninth after leading 26 laps of 150 last year. “It doesn’t really translate to anything else we do because the track is so small, but it’ll be fun to knock some of the rust off from not being in the car since November.

“I’m looking forward to it. Our team is looking forward to it. So, we’ll just see what we unload with on Saturday and hopefully get ourselves locked into the main event with a good starting spot. From there, you have to stay up front and stay out of trouble to have a shot at the end.”

That’s exactly what Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Martin Truex Jr., did last year. The driver of the No. 19 Toyota started second, took the lead from Ryan Preece on Lap 126 and won the Clash by .786 seconds over runner-up Austin Dillon.

The triumph put Truex in a two-driver club with Joey Logano, winner of the inaugural Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum in 2022.

If the size of the track is unique to Cup racing, so is the race format. The starting field will be set from four 25-lap heat races on Saturday, with the starting lineups for the heats based on practice speeds earlier in the day.

The top five finishers in each heat transfer to Sunday’s main event, with the winners of Heats 1 and 2 making up the front row for the Clash. The top two finishers in a 75-lap Last Chance Qualifier on Saturday will be added to the field in positions 21 and 22, with the final starting spot in the Clash going to the driver finishing highest in 2023 championship points who does not transfer into the main event though the heats or Last Chance Qualifier.

Short-track ace and Sunoco rookie Josh Berry, who succeeds Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, is looking forward to his first appearance in the Clash.

“I’m definitely excited to go to the Coliseum,” Berry said. “I think it’s a really cool event — having watched the races there, it’s really fun to get the chance to compete there. I think, for the race, it’s a good opportunity for us to run well.

“Obviously, with my background being in short-track racing, I think it should help, but I definitely think it will be a unique experience.”

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GAME REWIND: PACERS 105, KNICKS 109

While the Indiana Pacers have built a resume for busting winning streaks, the Blue & Gold couldn’t put on the finishing touches in what would’ve been their biggest one of the season on Thursday night in the Big Apple.

Despite leading at the end of each of the first three quarters, the wheels fell off for the Pacers (27-22) in the final frame against the red-hot New York Knicks (32-17) in a 109-105 loss at Madison Square Garden.

Indiana was outscored 30-21 in the fourth quarter and shot 40 percent from the field. Five of those points came in the final seven seconds for the Pacers when the game was virtually over.

Indiana led at the end of each of the first three quarters before the Knicks tied the game with 6:45 left. A 12-0 scoring streak gave the Knicks the lead with less than five minutes left, and clutch rebounding down the stretch helped put the game out of reach.

The Knicks have won a league-best nine straight games and 15 of their last 17 overall. Indiana has lost back-to-back games going into tomorrow’s home matchup with the Sacramento Kings.

The Pacers shot 45 percent to New York’s 39.8 percent from the field, but were just 8-for-13 from the free throw line, while the Knicks made 19-of-25 from the charity stripe.

Rebounding played a pivotal role in the game, as the Knicks won the margin 60-44 and outscored the Pacers 62-48 in the paint. Seven-footer Isaiah Hartenstein pulled down 19 rebounds for the Knicks, Precious Achiuwa collected 16 boards, and Josh Hart tallied 12.

“We got bullied on the glass,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s disappointing because we are a very capable rebounding team. This is the main thing we talked about with this game. We failed on the boards for sure. It’s obviously the difference in the game. We held them to a low shooting number, a low three number, and we didn’t turn the ball over much.”

Jalen Brunson, who was named an All-Star reserve before the game, dropped a game-high 40 points on 15-for-30 shooting, and Donte DiVincenzo added 20 for the Knicks.

Six Pacers players scored in double figures, led by 20 points from Jalen Smith. Pascal Siakam was next with 18 points, and Aaron Nesmith scored 17.

Pacers All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton recorded 15 points and five assists in 22 minutes of action. He did not play in the fourth quarter as he continues to play on limited minutes due to injury management for his left hamstring.

Both teams were missing some firepower on the floor Thursday.

New York was without the centerpiece of its recent trade with the Toronto Raptors, as OG Anunoby was ruled out pregame with right elbow inflammation, and starting All-Star forward Julius Randle is missing multiple weeks with a dislocated shoulder. With Anunoby in the lineup, the Knicks have a 12-2 record this season.

Indiana was also missing one of its top players, as leading bench scorer Bennedict Mathurin missed a second straight game with a right toe sprain.

The Pacers led 58-51 at halftime thanks to a strong first quarter.

Nesmith put up 17 points in the first half on 6-for-8 shooting, Siakam had 10 points, and Obi Toppin scored nine for the Pacers, which shot 46.8 percent as a team. Brunson scored 21 points to lead all scorers, and DiViencenzo scored 13 points in the first half.

In the first quarter, Nesmith and Siakam each racked up 10 points, and the Pacers shot 50 percent as a team while limiting the Knicks to 36 percent shooting, to help the visitors to a 36-26 lead.

After a back-and-forth start to the game, where DiVincenzo scored the Knicks’ first eight points, the Pacers used a 13-4 run – fueled by five points by Nesmith and six by Haliburton – to lead 21-15 midway through the opening frame.

Indiana’s depth helped maintain the lead the remainder of the first quarter, putting together a 10-4 scoring spree in the final 2:52 of the first quarter to stay up by 10.

The fun continued in the second quarter for Indiana, as back-to-back dunks by Nesmith and Toppin pushed the Pacers ahead 47-32 with 7:24 left in the second quarter.

New York got their deficit down to seven points in the final 2:29 thanks to eight straight points by Brunson.

Out of intermission, Haliburton scored seven straight points before dishing out an assist to Myles Turner for an and-one to put the Pacers up 68-59 with 8:12 left in the third quarter.

The teams then largely traded baskets until eight straight points by Miles McBride off a layup, 3-pointer, and and-one, made it a three-point game. With three seconds left, Siakam got a driving layup to fall and gave the Pacers a 84-79 advantage.

While Smith – who scored 12 of the Pacers’ 21 points in the fourth quarter – drained a 3-pointer for the Pacers to start the final frame, McBride and DiVincenzo answered with one trey each to narrow the score to 87-85 and force an Indiana timeout 90 seconds into the period.

Following a pair of close-range baskets by the Pacers’ Andrew Nembhard, the Knicks extended their run to 18-4 – including 12-0 at one point – after McBride hit a 3-pointer, Brunson scored seven unanswered points, and Hartenstein put back a rebound for a dunk to make it 97-91 with 4:15 left in the game.

Five straight points by Smith then made it a one-possession game, and a Siakam step-back jumper and putback dunk from Smith with two minutes remaining gave the Pacers a 100-99 lead.

Out of a timeout, Brunson scored through contact and missed the free throw on the and-one. However, Hartenstein pulled down the rebound on the free throw miss and DiVincenzo hit a pullup jumper to give the Knicks a 103-100 advantage with 95 seconds left.

Another offensive rebound after getting a stop on the other end led to a Achiuwa tip-in to make it a five-point Knicks lead with 1:04 left. From there, the Knicks held on.

The Pacers will have to put the game against the Knicks behind them quickly, as they host Domantas Sabonis and the Kings (27-19) on Friday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Inside the Numbers

The Knicks beat the Pacers 25-13 in second-chance points.

Indiana made 13 total 3-pointers to New York’s eight treys.

The Pacers finished with 13 turnovers to the Knicks’ 10 giveaways.

Jalen Smith scored 12 of the Pacers’ 21 points in the fourth quarter.

The Knicks made four of their eight total made 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

The Pacers bench outscored the Knicks reserves 47-20. Miles McBride had 16 of those 20 for New York.

You Can Quote Me On That

“We have to find a way. We’ve got to want it more.” – Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle on team rebounding

“When we went to more trapping (on Brunson) in the second half, you’re going to be more vulnerable on the boards. But these problems started long before we were trapping. We may have had a lead most of the game, but that was fool’s gold because what happened on the boards is going to get you – especially on the road.” – Carlisle on the loss.

“There was a range of minutes for tonight, and he was firmly at that range. It was almost identical to the first night. He is progressing, he’s doing well. You never know though until the next day. We have a game tomorrow, so we’ll see where we are tomorrow with him. We have some other guys that are a little banged up, too. It was a physical game.” – Carlisle on Haliburton’s minutes

“Every day I feel a little bit better.” – Haliburton on his health

“He’s a great player. He’s playing at an elite, elite level right now.” – Haliburton on Brunson

“They killed us on the glass. The good thing is we play them again in about a week, so we know what to expect in that one and to be prepared.” – Haliburton on the rebounding

“If we want to win games, we definitely need to be a lot more aggressive on the boards. We’ve got to win those battles. That just helps us get into our offense.” – Obi Toppin on the loss

Stat of the Night

The Knicks pulled down 60 total rebounds, including 24 offensive, against the Pacers. Both of those numbers are the most given up by Indiana in a game this season.

Noteworthy

Indiana is 11-13 on the road this season.

New York owns a 100-94 regular season record over Indiana all-time.

Myles Turner tied Austin Croshere (540) for 12th all-time (eighth in NBA franchise history) in games played for the Pacers on Thursday.

Knicks guard Jalen Brunson and forward Julius Randle were both named All-Star reserves for the East on Thursday.

Up Next

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Domantas Sabonis and the Sacramento Kings on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 PM ET.

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS KINGS

After a two-game road trip, the Pacers (27-21) make a brief return to Indianapolis on Friday night to host the Sacramento Kings (27-19) on the second night of a back-to-back.

The Blue & Gold entered the week riding high off a three-game win streak, but return home having dropped two straight tight contests against two of the East’s best teams. After a 129-124 loss on Tuesday night in Boston, the Pacers fell to the Knicks on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, 109-105.

While Indiana was playing from behind in Boston, the Pacers actually led for most of the night against the Knicks, stretching the margin to as many as 15 points before New York rallied. Ultimately, rebounding was the Pacers’ downfall, as they lost the battle of the boards 60-44 overall and 24-9 on the offensive glass as the Knicks outscored Indiana 25-13 in second-chance points.

They will need a better showing on the boards on Friday against Sacramento. The Kings have the league’s leading rebounder in Domantas Sabonis. Sabonis shared the frontcourt with Myles Turner for several seasons in Indiana — now Turner will be tasked with doing whatever he can to keep his good friend off the glass.

Sabonis and Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox were both All-Stars last season. Neither player was selected to the All-Star Game this year, even though both are having arguably better seasons.

The 6-11 Sabonis is averaging 19.9 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists per game while shooting 61.6 percent from the field and 45.1 percent from 3-point range (career-best numbers in every category but scoring). The speedy Fox ranks ninth in the league in scoring at a career-best 27.2 points per game and is also averaging 5.5 assists and 1.6 steals while shooting the best 3-point percentage of his career (38 percent).

The Pacers and Kings will be linked for many years to come because of the monumental trade the two teams agreed to on Feb. 8, 2022, with the Pacers sending Sabonis to Sacramento for Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield. So far, the deal has been a win-win for both sides, as Sabonis helped lead the Kings to their first playoff appearance in 16 years last season and Haliburton has emerged as a superstar in Indiana, earning two straight All-Star appearances, including a starting nod this season.

Haliburton was not able to play two weeks ago when the Pacers visited Sacramento, so Friday will be his only chance in the regular season to square off against his former team. The 23-year-old returned to action on Tuesday after missing five straight and 10 of 11 games with a left hamstring strain. He has been on a minutes restriction, playing just 22 minutes in each of his first two games back and sitting out the fourth quarter of both contests. Haliburton finished with 13 points and 10 assists in Boston and had 15 points, five assists, and two blocks on Thursday in New York.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Buddy Hield, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Kings: G – De’Aaro Fox, G – Kevin Huerter, F – Harrison Barnes, F – Keegan Murray, C – Domantas Sabonis

Injury Report

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – questionable (left hamstring strain injury management), Bennedict Mathurin – questionable (right great toe sprain), Jalen Smith – questionable (low back spasms), Myles Turner – questionable (mid back spasms)

Kings: Sasha Vezenkov – questionable (right ankle sprain)

Last Meeting

Jan. 18, 2024: Seven players reached double figures as an undermanned Indiana team outplayed a full-strength Kings team for most of the night then withstood a late rally to hold on for a 126-121 victory.

Second-year guard Bennedict Mathurin scored a team-high 25 points to go along with four assists and two blocks. Veteran point guard T.J. McConnell tallied a double-double with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and 10 assists. Myles Turner was his usual self, contributing 18 points. Big man Jalen Smith battled through an upset stomach to register a double-double of his own with 17 points and 13 rebounds. And rookie forward Jarace Walker scored a career-high 15 points off the bench, going 6-for-13 from the field and 3-for-8 from 3-point range.

“McConnell set the tone,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said after the win. “He was in the paint the entire first half and continued attacking it in the second. And then I thought Mathurin was terrific in the second half as well. He had strong drives, he had and-ones, he had a difficult pull-up on the left baseline, he had a big three up top.”

Kevin Huerter led all scorers with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting (7-of-12 from 3-point range). Keegan Murray added 27 points and nine rebounds, while De’Aaron Fox tallied 24 points, five rebounds, and six assists.

Noteworthy

With a win on Friday, Indiana would sweep the season series with Sacramento for the first time since 2017-18.

The Pacers are 2-7 this season when playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

Indiana traded Chris Duarte, the 13th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, to Sacramento last summer in exchange for two second-round picks.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)

FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL FACE GROWLERS FOR FIRST TIME

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INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel are headed to Newfoundland for the first time in team history to take on the Growlers for a three game set this weekend. They will look to move into second place in the Central division after a non-division weekend.

LAST TIME OUT

These two teams have never met, however, in the Growlers last outing they faced the Maine Mariners in Maine and lost 4-2 on Sunday, January 28. Goaltender Luke Cavallin allowed four goals on 39 shots.

SCOUTING REPORT

The Newfoundland Growlers are currently 18-18-7-0 with 43 points and a third place spot in the North division. They’re ranked 15th in the league, just two places behind Indy’s 13th. Over their last ten games, the Growlers are 2-6-2-0. Through the season, they have been outscored by their opponents 158 to 135.

BRIGHT SPODS

Since returning to the lineup, Matus Spodniak has had an important role in the Fuel’s offense. He’s on a three game point streak and is averaging a point per game through his last five games. He had the Fuel’s lone goal in their last game.

INDIANA FEVER

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FEVER SIGN DAMIRIS DANTAS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever announced today the team signed forward Damiris Dantas (pronounced duh-MEER-iss DAHN-tis) to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The No. 12 overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft last played in 2022 with the Minnesota Lynx. In 2022, Dantas averaged 5.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and played 17.4 minutes per contest in 15 games played.

“Dantas gives us a WNBA veteran with experience in the post and her international experience in the Olympics will also benefit our team,” General Manager Lin Dunn said. “She will be a tremendous addition on both ends of the floor as well as in our locker room.”

In eight seasons played in the WNBA, Dantas averaged 7.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest in 202 games played with 128 starting appearances.

The 6-foot-3 forward was also a member of the Brazilian National Team in the 2016 and 2012 Summer Olympics.

The 25th Indiana Fever regular season will tip off on the road at the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday, May 14 at 8 p.m. ET. The 2024 home schedule at Gainbridge Fieldhouse will begin two days later on May 16 against the New York Liberty at 7 p.m. ET.

IU WOMEN’S TENNIS

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HOOSIERS HEAD TO WEST VIRGINIA, XAVIER IN FIRST ROAD TRIP

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s tennis will hit the road for the first time this season as they face West Virginia on Friday, Feb. 2 in Morgantown, West Va., and Xavier on Sunday, Feb. 4. in Cincinnati, Ohio.

STATS

• Livestats (West Virginia)

• Livestats and Livestream (Xavier)

SERIES HISTORY

• The Hoosiers are 1-1 against the Mountaineers. In the last meeting, the Hoosiers fell, 4-3, on Jan. 28, 2023, in Bloomington.

• Indiana leads the series 8-3 against Xavier. The Musketeers won the last matchup, 4-3, on Feb. 11, 2023, in Bloomington.

ABOUT THE HOOSIERS

• Freshmen Elisabeth Dunac has started the season with a 4-0 record in singles matches in her first season with the Hoosiers.

• Freshmen Magdalena Swierczynska and sophomore Nicole Teodosescu have a solid record record in singles, 3-1.

• No. 1 doubles Lara Schneider and graduate student Lene Mari Hovda are 4-1 on the season. They faced their first loss in a competitive match against Yale.

IU TRACK

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HOOSIERS HEAD TO NOTRE DAME FOR MEYO INVITATIONAL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Indiana track and field hits the road again as they travel up north to Notre Dame for the Meyo Invitational. The throwers and sprinters will return back to action after a week off.

Meet Info.

Meyo Invitational (All times EST)

Venues: Meyo Field at Loftus Sports Center

Livestats

Livestream

Coverage: Follow Indiana T&F at iuhoosiers.com and on social media at @IndianaXCTF.

Last Time Out:

The pole vaulters competed at Louisville last weekend where Nathan Stone posted a season-best performance and a third-place finish in the Elite group with a clearance of 5.42m/17-09.25. His mark leads the conference and is currently ranked No. 13 in the nation.

Jessica Mercier earned the first one of the days in the pole vault. She cleared a height of 4.18m/13-08.50 to place second in the women’s seeded pole vault to land a top-three finish for the third week in a row. 

The distance group ran at the John Thomas Terrier Classic in Boston last weekend.

Phoebe Bates finished in the top-25 in the 5000-meter race with a time of 16:44.64 at the John Thomas Terrier Classic. Tori Schmidt also ran a personal best time of 17:22.04.

Katelyn Winton ran the 3000 meters posting a time of 9:53.48.

The men’s distance squad ran their first DMR of the season in Boston, clocking a time of 9:44.58.

The Hoosier Lineup:

Sprints:

Symone Adams and Kristina Vincic will race in the 60 meters and 200 meters as they look to make consistent improvements.

Oliva Gee will jump the 60-meter Hurdles and race in the 200 meter dash. Kenisha Phillips will also join the group in the 200 meters.

Phillips, Morgan Snow and Cambell Wamsley are entered to race the 400 meters while Ryann Parrish represents the Hoosiers in the 600 meters. 

Parrish, Phillips, Snow, Vincic, Wamsley are entered to run the 4×400 relay. 

Ray Brodie and Antonio Laider will run the short 60-meter dash as well as the 200 meters. Trelee Banks and Gage Pratt will join them in the 200-meter sprint. 

IU has entered John Colquitt will take care of the 60-meter Hurdles for the Hoosiers.

Colquitt, Camble, Graiani and Laidler will all race a leg of the men’s 4×400 relay.

Distance and Mid-Distance:

The men will race three in the mid-distance group with Nico Colchico, Jaylen Castillo and Keefer Soehngen in the 600 meters. Castillo and Soengen will also get another opportunity in the 800 meters.

On the distance side, Abe Eckman returns to the track as he races in the 3k event. Four Hoosiers will race the Mile including Owen Forberg, Clayton Guthrie, Andrew Mangum and Nolan Satterfield. Brayden Henkle, Garrett Hicks, and Cole Raymond will race the 5k at Notre Dame.

Phoebe Bates and Grace Tyson will run the Mile and the 3k alongside each other. A total of three athletes including Emma Everhart-Deckard, Tori Schmidt and Katelyn Winton in the 5k.

Pole Vault:

The pole vaulters are coming off a great weekend in Louisville while they continue to make improvements at Notre Dame. Jessica Mercier will represent the women’s side.

The men will send a trio of guys including Nathan Stone, Tyler Carrel and Riley Johnston as they face competitive competition on the men’s side.

Stone’s mark leads the Big Ten while Mercier is tied for third in the league. Johnston is ready to build on his current mark to get ready for the indoor championships.

Multis:

Garrett Messer and Max Grangier will focus on two events a part of the Heptathlon with the 60-meter hurdles and the Long Jump.

Throws:

After taking the weekend off from competition, the throwers return to the circle as they look to improve their marks.

All six Hoosiers will throw the weight including Bridget Beyer, Emily Herndon, Makayla Hunter and three on the men’s side Sean Mockler, Tyler Reyna and Hunter Smith. 

“This is the first week that we haven’t been loaded in the weight room, assistant coach (throws) Megan Tomei said. “I am excited to see what we do inside the circle. We have been successful in achieving PRs across the board while being loaded in the weight room and the throw. I am looking forward to seeing how everyone performs as we get into more of a peak base.”

IU SWIMMING

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NO. 6/9 HOOSIERS CLOSE REGULAR SEASON WITH RANKED TRI-MEET

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 6/9 Indiana swimming and diving will welcome No. 22/14 Wisconsin and No. 15/8 Louisville to the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center Friday (Feb. 2) in tri-meet action, IU’s final competition before championships.

The meet is slated to begin at noon ET.

Indiana University will offer adjusted parking options for Friday’s meet. Fans may park in the Redbud Hill Apartments lot as other areas are permit access only on weekdays. View a map of available parking here or visit the IU-Bloomington Office of Parking Operations website here

MEET INFO
Friday, Feb. 2 • Noon ET
Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center • Bloomington, Ind.
Opponent: No. 22/14 Wisconsin, No. 15/8 Louisville
Live Results (Swimming): Meet Mobile App
Live Results (Diving): https://bit.ly/3jWYeCQ
Live Stream: https://bit.ly/3UlLs0s (Big Ten Plus)

OF NOTE…

HOOSIERS HEAD TO DOHA FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Eleven athletes associated with Indiana swimming and diving will compete at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships, kicking off this weekend in Doha, Qatar. Nine of those are current IU student-athletes or coaches.

Indiana is represented by Team USA head coaches in two disciplines. IU head diving coach is once again serving as USA Diving’s head coach at the games, and associated head coach Cory Chitwood is in Doha as the open water swimming team’s head coach.

IU’s nine athletes competing include four Team USA divers (Andrew Capobianco, Quinn Henninger, Jessica Parratto and Carson Tyler), one Team USA open water swimmer (Mariah Denigan) and four international swimmers (Ching Hwee Gan and Mikkel Lee for Singapore, Rafael Miroslaw for Germany and Kai Van Westering for the Netherlands). A full list of Hoosier events is included here.

HOOSIERS SURGE PAST PURDUE

No. 6/9 Indiana men’s and women’s swimming and diving each improved to 6-0 in dual meets this season with dominant performances Saturday (Jan. 27) against Purdue.

IU swimming and diving celebrated 14 seniors during a ceremony before the meet: Warren Briggs, Elizabeth Broshears, Brendan Burns, Billy Cruz, Tristan DeWitt, Anna Freed, Anne Fowler, Catherine Graham, Logan Graham, Maxwell Reich, Ella Ristic, Mia Ristic, Ashley Turak and Armando Vegas. Eight of those seniors tallied victories Saturday.

PURDUE MEN’S TENNIS

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PURDUE BATTLES IVY LEAGUE ON THE ROAD

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue kickstarts its February slate with a road trip at Dartmouth and Yale this Friday and Sunday.

The Boilermakers split a pair of home matches this past weekend with a win over Western Michigan. Over the weekend, Purdue took both doubles points and has now won three of its first five doubles points.

Against Denver, Purdue experienced its first significant lineup change with scratches at singles No. 1 and 2. This gave Stefan Simeunovic, Juan David Velasquez and Alexander Ekstrand their first career appearances in the top half of the singles lineup. The trio went 0-3 with only Velasquez forcing a three-set contest.

Despite the lineup changes, the Boilermakers have won three of its first five matches at singles No. 2, 3, 4 and 6.

SCOUTING DARTMOUTH

The Big Green are off to a roaring start at 4-0 having already secured a win over a Big Ten opponent after downing Indiana 4-2 on Jan. 26.

Miles Groom and Henry Ren are the only players undefeated across singles and doubles. However, no player for Dartmouth has more than three combined losses to start the season.

Purdue is 1-1 all-time against the Big Green. The first-ever meeting between the programs came in a 4-3 victory in New Hampshire back in 2013. The two schools then went a decade without facing off until Dartmouth defeated the Boilers 5-2 in West Lafayette last season.

SCOUTING YALE

Yale (2-0) has outscored its opponents 13-1 to open the season. Despite no team ranking, the Bulldogs will bring three ITA Ranked players to the court on Sunday.

No. 60 Theo Dean and No. 100 Vignesh Gogineni went a combined 17-5 in the fall campaign to earn nobs in the ITA Preseason Rankings. Gogineni is undefeated at singles No. 1 through two matches.

Yale will also look to challenge Purdue in doubles play with a Top 40 team. No. 39 Aidan Reilly/Theo Dean went 2-0 in the fall but suffered their first loss of the season against Quinnipiac.

The Boilermakers took the only matchup between the two squads with a 4-3 victory in Conn. back in 2011.

MATCH INFORMATION

Purdue (2-3) at Dartmouth (4-0)

Boss Tennis Center

Friday, Feb. 2 | 4 PM

Purdue (2-3) at Yale (2-0)

Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center

Sunday, Feb. 4 | Noon

PURDUE TRACK

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BOILERMAKERS GO NORTH TO ND

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The month of February begins for the Purdue track & field team at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, from February 2-3.

The meet, to be contested at Notre Dame’s Loftus Sports Center, will commence for the Boilermakers with field events at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, February 2. Running events start at 4:30 p.m., and the squad’s last event will begin at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, February 3, action for Purdue opens with running events at 10 a.m. and field events at noon. The 4×400 relay concludes the weekend at 4 p.m.

Fans unable to cheer the Boilermakers on in person can follow along with live results at EnduranceRaceTiming.com, and the meet schedule is available hereESPN+ will stream a portion of Saturday’s meet. Additional updates can be found by following and connecting with the Boilermakers on Twitter/XInstagram and Facebook, while direct links are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

The Boilermakers will have 54 entries this weekend. They will be joined on the track by a field that includes host-Notre Dame and fellow Big Ten foes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State.

LAST TIME OUT: BIG WEEKEND AT LOUISVILLE
Purdue won four events and notched five top-10 marks in school history last weekend at the Lenny Lyles Invitational in Louisville. Two record-book marks came in the heptathlon and another two were in the triple jump, along with one in the high jump to highlight the Boilermakers’ first multi-day meet of the indoor season.

The Boilermakers notched wins in the 200-meters, 400m, pentathlon and pole vault. They added four runner-up finishes and five third-place showings. The Old Gold and Black registered 28 PRs and seven season bests to complement the five top-10 marks.

A complete recap from day one and day two, including full results, can be found at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

LOOKING BACK AT 2023 AT NOTRE DAME
Like they will do this year, the Boilermakers made a pair of trips to Notre Dame in 2023. First up was the Meyo Invitational from February 3-4, 2023, where Cierra Williams rose to No. 5 in school history in the 400m with a winning time of 53.36. Safin Wills added a victory in the triple jump and a total of 10 personal-best marks were recorded. Recaps from the meet are available here: day one | day two

Two weeks later, on February 18, Purdue concluded the indoor regular season at the Alex Wilson Invitational. Four personal-record marks were set, in addition to two season-bests. A recap can be found here.

NEXT UP: A SPLIT WEEKEND
The Boilermakers are off to a pair of competitions next weekend, from February 9-10. Part of the team will make the short trip to Chicago for the Windy City Invitational, while the rest of the squad travels to the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, South Carolina. One week later, on February 17, the regular season will wrap up at ND’s Alex Wilson Invitational.

PURDUE SWIMMING

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2-DAY DUALS FINALE DOUBLES AS SENIOR DAY AT THE POOL

MULTI-TEAM DUAL MEET INFORMATION

Purdue Men & Women host the Big Ten Triple Duals/Quad

Boilermakers vs. Minnesota, Northwestern & the Iowa Women

Friday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. ET / Saturday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. ET / Live on B1G+

Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center / West Lafayette, Indiana

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue swimming & diving’s final co-ed meet of the home season will feature Saturday’s annual Senior Day ceremony as well as another full deck as Minnesota, Northwestern and the Iowa women all visit campus for the two-day Big Ten Triple Duals/Quad.

Twenty events will be contested over the two days of competition at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center – 11 events beginning Friday at 5 p.m. and nine more events starting Saturday at 11 a.m. The Boilermakers are hosting the meet for the first time since January 2020.

The teams are planning to wear their high-speed tech suits. Two scoring heats will be featured for all individual swimming events. Purdue’s legendary Big Bass Drum will be on deck for the Senior Day ceremony Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free for both days.

PURDUE’S DIVING ENTRIES NUMEROUS AGAIN AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Headlined by half a dozen divers that represent the past, present and future of the program, Purdue swimming & diving will be well represented again at the World Aquatics Championships, set for Feb. 2-18 in Doha, Qatar.

Three active Boilermakers – Daryn Wright (USA), Maycey Vieta (Puerto Rico) and Jaye Patrick (Latvia) – are all slated to compete in the women’s 10-meter event beginning Sunday morning. Vieta is at the World Championships for the third year in a row. Alumnus Brandon Loschiavo (USA) is also among the men’s 10-meter field in what will be his fourth appearance at the World Championships (2017, 2019, 2023, 2024).

National Letter of Intent signee Tyler Wills (Camel, Ind.) is followed Wright’s lead in qualifying for the World Championships prior to enrolling at Purdue. Wright did so in the summer of 2022 and is at her second World Championships this month. Wills is paired with NC State’s Bayleigh Cranford in Saturday’s mixed 10-meter synchro event. They won gold together at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in December.

Alum David Colturi (USA) is slated to compete in 27-meter high diving as his fifth career World Championships, debuting in 2013. Colturi and David Boudia were teammates at Purdue from 2008-10. Boudia is once again serving among the USA Diving coaching staff at the World Championships. He was a five-time medalist at the World Championships during his decorated career.

Alumna Jinq En Phee (Malaysia), a two-time Olympian in the breaststroke events, is also entered in her third career World Championships (2015, 2019, 2024). Illness made her a late scratch at Worlds the last two years.

Formerly known as the FINA World Championships, the biennial international showcase became the World Aquatics Championships after FINA was rebranded as World Aquatics in December 2022. The coronavirus pandemic and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games to 2021 have led to the World Championships now being held in three consecutive years, including approximately six months before the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad this summer.

The top 12 finishers (the finalists) in the individual 3-meter and 10-meter events at the 2023 World Championships earned Olympic quota berths for their countries. Excluding those that have already qualified, the same bid structure is in place this month. Nations are limited to two individual entries and one synchro team per event at the Olympic Games. Diving has a total quota of 136 competitors (68 per gender) across its eight events – 3-meter and 10-meter, individual and synchro – at the 2024 Olympics.

For the United States, all Olympians are determined by the results at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June. Indianapolis is hosting the swimming trials and Knoxville hosts the diving trials.

BOILERMAKERS AT 2024 WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

• Daryn Wright (USA) – 10-Meter Diving

• Jaye Patrick (Latvia) – 10-Meter Diving

• Maycey Vieta (Puerto Rico) – 10-Meter Diving

• Tyler Wills (NLI Signee, USA) – Mixed 10-Meter Diving

• Brandon Loschiavo (Alum, USA) – 10-Meter Diving, Mixed 3M & 10M Team Diving

• David Colturi (Alum, USA) – 27-Meter High Diving

• Jinq En Phee (Alum, Malaysia) – 50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke

• David Boudia (Alum, USA) – Coach for USA Diving

EVENT SCHEDULES

All Days/Times Converted to Eastern Time (8-Hour Time Difference)

Results from Doha will be added as they become available

DIVING

Friday, Feb. 2

• Mixed 3-Meter & 10-Meter Team Diving Final at 7:30 a.m. – Brandon Loschiavo

Saturday, Feb. 3

• Mixed 10-Meter Synchro Final at 8 a.m. – Tyler Wills (with Bayleigh Cranford)

Sunday, Feb. 4

• Women’s 10-Meter Prelim at 2 a.m. – Maycey Vieta, Jaye Patrick

Monday, Feb. 5

• Women’s 10-Meter Semifinal at 2 a.m. – Top 18 in Prelim Qualify

• Women’s 10-Meter Final at 10:30 a.m. – Top 12 in Semifinal Qualify

Friday, Feb. 9

• Men’s 10-Meter Prelim at 5 a.m. – Brandon Loschiavo

Saturday, Feb. 10

• Men’s 10-Meter Semifinal at 2 a.m. – Top 18 in Prelim Qualify

• Men’s 10-Meter Final at 10:30 a.m. – Top 12 in Semifinal Qualify

Tuesday, Feb. 13

• Men’s 27-Meter High Diving Prelim at 6 a.m. – David Colturi

Wednesday, Feb. 15

• Men’s 27-Meter High Diving Final at 3 a.m. – Total Qualifiers TBD

SWIMMING

Monday, Feb. 12

• Women’s 100m Breaststroke Prelims at 1:30 a.m. – Jinq En Phee

• Women’s 100m Breaststroke Semifinals at 11 a.m. – Top 16 in Prelims Qualify

Tuesday, Feb. 13

• Women’s 100m Breaststroke Final at 11 a.m. – Top 8 in Semifinals Qualify

Saturday, Feb. 17

• Women’s 50m Breaststroke Prelims at 1:30 a.m. – Jinq En Phee

• Women’s 50m Breaststroke Semifinals at 11 a.m. – Top 16 in Prelims Qualify

Sunday, Feb. 18

• Women’s 50m Breaststroke Final at 11 a.m. – Top 8 in Semifinals Qualify

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL

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NOTRE DAME TO FACE UTAH IN FIRST-EVER LIVE SOFTBALL GAME ON MLB NETWORK

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – To begin the 2024 NCAA softball season, the University of Notre Dame is set to take part in the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Florida next weekend at the Eddie C. Moore Complex. As part of the event, the Fighting Irish will take on 2023 Women’s College World Series participant Utah Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1:00 p.m. and the matchup will be broadcasted live on MLB Network. It will be the first-ever NCAA softball game to be broadcasted live on MLB Network.

This is not the first time MLB Network will air college softball, having re-aired the 2023 matchup of Oklahoma against UCLA in the Mary Nutter Classic, a day delayed. To watch the Irish and Utah on MLB Network, fans can visit www.mlbnetwork.com for their local channel listings.

Along with the matchup against the Utes on MLB Network, all five games of the opening weekend will feature a live stream. The other four competitions will be streamed via the GameChanger app. For the full 2024 Irish softball schedule, visit FightingIrish.com.

Notre Dame enters the 2024 season having been picked fifth in the ACC’s preseason poll. The Irish have qualified for the NCAA postseason in 24-consecutive seasons, and 27 of the past 29 seasons.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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HIDALGO, WATSON DROP SEASON-HIGHS IN 85-48 WIN AT GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA — Notre Dame had some fun in The Flats on Thursday night.

The No. 14 Irish (16-4, 6-3) won a second consecutive road game with a dominant performance on both ends of the floor, this time topping Georgia Tech (13-9, 4-6) by a score of 85-48. Hannah Hidalgo scored 35 points, re-breaking the single-game freshman scoring record of 34 she broke on Saturday. Kylee Watson added a season-high 19 points (8-10 from the floor) and narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with 9 rebounds.

“I knew I had to be more aggressive, especially offensively,” Watson said after the game when asked about her success. “A lot of it had to do with great reads, and I feel like it really came easy tonight. A lot of my points were off the pick-and-roll after Hannah tossed a great dime.”

The dimes were aplenty on Thursday, too. Notre Dame notched assists on 20 of its 36 baskets. Hidalgo had 8 of them, and Watson tied a career-high with 4.

Notre Dame — and Watson in particular — came out on fire. After a 9-9 start but prior to the first media timeout, Notre Dame hit 9 of 13 shots, and Watson had 9 points and 2 blocks. Hidalgo had 6 points and 2 steals, and both Westbeld and Citron knocked down treys. Fourteen of Notre Dame’s points came in the paint.

Of note, Georgia Tech 3-point ace Rusne Augustinaite picked up two fouls before the mid-quarter break, causing Yellow Jackets head coach Nell Fortner to pull her for the remainder of the quarter.

The Irish ended up closing out Q1 on a 19-0 run. Georgia Tech shot just 21 percent from the floor and went 1-11 from deep. Augustinaite made the sole trey on the Yellow Jacket’s first possession before her exit. Georgia Tech averages 18.8 3-point attempts per game.

The scoring run continued into the second quarter and ended at 26-0. That is the longest run of the season, topping a 25-0 run at NJIT in the second game of the season. The Irish offense went relatively quiet for the rest of the half thanks to some Georgia Tech defensive adjustments in the paint and a few missed open looks.

But the defense continued to throttle Georgia Tech.

Nat Marshall had blocks on back-to-back possessions and notched three defensive rebounds. Tech went 3-20 from the floor (15 percent), and leading scorer Kara Dunn was 0-3. Fellow starters Kayla Blackshear and Augustinaite went a combined 0-6 themselves.

For the second consecutive game, Hidalgo hit a buzzer-beating shot going into the half. This time a driving teardrop in the lane after a near turnover but nimble recovery. She also notched her 100 and 101st steal of the year during the frame, becoming just the second player in Notre Dame history to do so. Skylar Diggins-Smith did it twice.

It was 46-17 in favor of the visitors at the break. Hidalgo led all scorers with 18 points, and Watson had 11 plus 6 rebounds. Citron added 6 boards of her own, and Notre Dame had 6 total blocks. The Irish entered the contest averaging 4.5 blocks per game.

Watson added a few more buckets in Q3 as Notre Dame went 6-7 to eliminate any doubt. The Yellow Jackets ended up shooting 34.4 percent in the second half and were led by Dunn’s 15 points, but it was too little too late.

“Tonight was huge for my confidence and for the team’s confidence,” Watson said. “It’s big for us to continue the momentum as we hit the last part of the season.”

At the buzzer, Notre Dame had 56 paint points, its most against a major conference foe this season. They also shot 52.2 percent from the floor, continuing to shoot the lights out on the road. The Irish entered Thursday night’s game shooting 49.6 percent from the floor in away games, a mark that ranked fourth in the nation at the time.

Notre Dame takes the court against Pittsburgh next for a Sunday afternoon game at Purcell Pavilion. It tips off at 2 p.m., on the ACC Network.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER

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GAETINO SIGNS PRO CONTRACT WITH PSG

PARIS – Consider it a pipeline from South Bend to Paris for Notre Dame senior Eva Gaetino signed a pro contract with Paris Saint Germain. Gaetino is now reunited with her former Irish teammate Korbin Albert, marking back-to-back years in which a Notre Dame player has signed with the Rouge et Bleu squad.

“I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to play for PSG,” Gaetino said. “I have always dreamed about playing soccer in Europe. Following my trial, it was clear to me that PSG was my future home, as I found that the club’s goals and values aligned with my own.  I am very excited to play alongside such incredible players, one of which being Korbin. I’m so happy that we get to reunite on the field, and hopefully bring some Notre Dame magic to France.

PSG’s roster now boasts the 2022 ACC Midfielder of the Year in Albert and the two-time (2022, 2023) ACC Defender of the Year in Gaetino. Both Albert and Gaetino were also First-Team All-Americans.

Gaetino started in 75 of her 76 games played at Notre Dame and captured the nation’s attention over her final two seasons. Defensively speaking, she spearheaded 20 shutouts in that two-year timespan. Offensively speaking, she saved her best season for last, posting career numbers in goals (4), assists (3) and points (11).

She helped guide the Irish to back-to-back top-three finishes in the ACC and back-to-back ACC Tournament semifinal appearances. In 2022, the Irish achieved a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and reached the quarterfinal round.

“I can’t wait to get to work and help the team in any way I can to push them forwards to their goals,” Gaetino added. “I feel confident coming in knowing that Notre Dame has prepared me with all of the tools I need to be successful, both on and off the field.” 

BUTLER SOFTBALL

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BUTLERSOFTBALL 2024 PREVIEW SERIES: PITCHERS AND CATCHERS

As Butler Softball prepares to open the 2024 season next week (Feb. 9), coach Scott Hall, who enters his 14th season at the helm of the program, has high expectations for returning starters and veterans, as well as a talented group of newcomers.

“I am really excited to get started with this group!” exclaimed Hall. “They bring a lot of talent and positive energy daily to practice. We have a lot of experience returning, so we should be able to have a good start to the season.”

The Bulldogs are coming off a 2023 season which saw the team win 12 BIG EAST games and finish fourth in the final conference standings.

Three pitchers with game experience return for the Bulldogs in 2024. Sophomore Rylyn Dyer won five games last season with 10 starts in 25 appearances, and graduate student Sydney Cammon won four contests with 32 appearances and 13 starts. Redshirt-sophomore Kayla Noerr saw limited action but had three starts and 12 appearances. The pitching staff will be adding freshman Katie Petran to the rotation as well.

“It all starts in the circle,” stated Hall. “We don’t have a defined No. 1 right now. Cam brings the most experience and is a steadying influence on the group. We have a true and versatile pitching staff. Any one of them can give us quality innings. I am sure that, as the season progresses, one or two will start to separate themselves as weekend starters, but, for now, they will all get opportunities early.”

Behind the plate, Butler returns senior starter Teagan O’Rilley along with sophomore starter Kieli Ryan. O’Rilley was fourth on the team with a .283 batting average, producing 21 RBI. Ryan threw out 14 runners attempting to steal in 2023, leading the BIG EAST and finishing 21st nationally. At the plate, she tied for team lead with 10 doubles.

“Teag and Ki are both solid catchers and bring something different behind the plate,” added Hall. “Both are power hitters, offensively, so we will be seeing each of them throughout the season. We need both to stay healthy all year. We have also added senior Kaylee Gross to the catching crew. She is a versatile athlete that could possibly jump behind the dish.”

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

EGBUTA MATCHES CAREER-HIGH AS JAGS FALL AT GREEN BAY

GREEN BAY, Wisc. – IUPUI senior John Egbuta matched his career-high with 15 points and classmate Bryce Monroe finished with 12 but the Jaguars fell on the road to Horizon League leader Green Bay on Thursday (Feb. 1), 79-56. IUPUI shot 49 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Phoenix by a 33-30 margin, but turned the ball over 21 times in the defeat.

IUPUI (6-18, 2-11 HL) led 34-30 with 2:21 to play before halftime when Monroe scored in transition, but Green Bay (15-9, 10-3 HL) put the clamps on the Jaguars from there. The Phoenix scored the final six points of the first half to take a 36-34 advantage to the locker room and then outscored the Jags 22-6 to open the second half and blow the game open.

The first half featured seven ties and five lead changes as IUPUI used a 7-0 burst to take a 34-30 lead. Egbuta started the run with a short jumper and Cooper Dewitt followed by swishing an open three from the right wing. Moments later, DJ Jackson collected a steal near midcourt, setting up Monroe’s easy layup, prompting a Green Bay timeout. The Phoenix responded with a pair of treys – one from Foster Wonders and one from Nick Reynolds – to retake the lead.

Reynolds scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half while IUPUI shot 57.7 percent from the field in the opening stanza to stay close.

After Monroe tied the score at 36 all on a midrange jumper to start the second half, Green Bay retaliated with nine straight points, primarily from Clarence Cummings III, to seize control.

Green Bay finished the game at 47 percent from the field and 11-of-31 (35.5 percent) from three while IUPUI shot 49 percent, but just 2-of-8 (25 percent) from three-point range. The typically dependable charity stripe also betrayed IUPUI on Thursday as the Jaguars made just 6-of-12 attempts.

IUPUI’s 21 turnovers led to 25 Green Bay points and were more staggering as the Jaguars were coming off a season-low six turnovers in their last outing. IUPUI scored just six points of eight Green Bay miscues.

Egbuta made 6-of-8 shots and grabbed five boards while Monroe was 6-of-11 shooting and delivered three assists. Junior Kidtrell Blocker added 10 points and six rebounds and Qwanzi Samuels added six points and six boards. IUPUI played without top scorer Jlynn Counter, who was sidelined due to injury.

David Douglas Jr. had a game-high 20 points off the Green Bay bench and Rich Byhre closed with 13.

IUPUI will cap the two-game roadtrip at Milwaukee on Sunday (Feb. 4) at 2:00 p.m. CT (3 Eastern) on ESPN+.

IUPUI  TRACK

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THREE JAGUARS TO HEAD TO NOTRE DAME’S MEYO INVITATIONAL

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Three members of the IUPUI men’s track and field team will compete at the Meyo Invitational on Friday night (Feb. 2) taking aim at fast 5,000m times against a strong field.

Jack Acton, Deion Guise and Mitchell Rans will all run at Notre Dame in the 5,000m event. All three competed well at the IUPUI Invitational last weekend at Fall Creek Pavilion,

Acton was sixth in the invitational section of the 5K event with a personal best time of 15:05.17 and Rans was seventh at 15:09.14. Guise clocked a personal best time of 15:15.48, placing tenth overall in the invite. Rans owns the quickest personal best of any of the three, having run 14:34.17 on the indoor surface.

Friday’s 5K boasts an impressive field with runners from the Big Ten, BIG EAST and Missouri Valley Conference, among others. A full recap and results from Friday’s action will be posted to IUPUIJags.com immediately afterwards.

WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD HEADS TO LOUISVILLE FOR BELLARMINE CLASSIC

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The IUPUI women’s track and field team will participate at the PNC Bank Bellarmine Classic on Friday (Feb. 2), competing against other school from the Midwest inside the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center. The Jaguars will compete against competitors from Bellarmine, Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, Evansville, Jacksonville State, Lipscomb, Louisville, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Morehead State, Murray State, Northern Kentucky, Southeast Missouri, SIUE, Southern Illinois, Southern Indiana, Tennessee State, UT-Martin, Western Illinois, Western Kentucky and Xavier, among others.

The Jaguars are coming off a stellar weekend at its own invitational inside Fall Creek Pavilion, keyed by distance ace Ellie Cates, who was the collegiate winner of the 5,000m event last week. A good chunk of the distance crew will sit out this weekend with the focus shifted to other events.

A collection of school record holders will compete as Modupe Awosanya will take aim at her own school records in the 60m (7.62) and long jump (6.22m) and Jada-Marie Davis will attempt to break her own mark in the high jump (1.66m). In addition, sophomore Reese McCuan will take aim at her own mark in the triple jump (11.46m).

Davis is also the team’s top entrant in the 60m hurdles (9.47) while freshman Paige Schulte is the top entrant in the 200m dash (26.29). Karis Davis is the team’s top entry in the 400m event (58.41) and senior Sophie Reichard is slated for the 800m. Reichard owns a personal best time of 5:09.93 in the mile and is coming off a season-best mark at the IUPUI Invitational.

Hannah Robbins will run the 3,000m event, having run 10:51.31.

The Jaguars will also compete in the 4×400 relay at meet’s end as the group of McCuan, Wini Barnett, Journey Howard and Awosanya are slated for that event.

A full recap and results from Friday’s action will be posted to IUPUIJags.com afterwards.

BALL STATE GYMNASTICS

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GYMNASTICS WELCOMES KENT STATE FOR SUNDAY DUAL

» THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE GYMNASTICS: The Ball State gymnastics team returns to action Sunday when it hosts Kent State at 1 p.m. inside Worthen Arena for Club & Community Day … There will be giveaways throughout the meet for the most spirited fans, as well as free “B S U Chirp” signs available for fans to help get into the #MACtion … The Cardinals will also throw out shirts for each routine scoring 9.750-or-higher.
 
» GET YOUR TICKETS NOW: Tickets are still available for Sunday’s home meet versus the Golden Flashes with admission being $10 for adults and $5 for youth (18-and-under) … Fans can purchase their tickets in advance at https://BallStateSports.com/gymnasticstickets

» IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS:

– Ball State enters the weekend ranked first in the MAC and 22nd nationally with an average team score of 196.300 in the latest Road to Nationals rankings.

– BSU’s program record score of 198.025 at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19) is the third-highest team score in the nation … The Cardinals were the first program in the country to break the 198 mark this season, while No. 1 Oklahoma (198.325) and No. 5 LSU (198.125) are the only programs to score higher than Ball State since.

– The Cardinals have proven to be one of the nation’s top bars teams this season, ranking 11th nationally with an average score of 49.256 … In fact, Ball State’s program record score of 49.775 on bars at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19) is the best team score on any apparatus in the nation so far this season … No other team in the country has scored better than 49.650 (No. 5 LSU) on bars, or 49.725 (No. 1 Oklahoma on beam / No. 5 LSU on floor) in any other event.

– So far this season, there have been a total of 20 perfect 10.0s scored nationally … Three of them have come from Ball State gymnasts, starting with senior Suki Pfister on vault at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19) … Sophomore Zoe Middleton and graduate student Megan Teter added perfect 10.0s on bars later in the meet, the first two perfect 10.0s in program history in the event.

– BSU gymnasts also boasts two of the nation’s 40 scores of 9.975 this season including Victoria Henry’s vault at the Ohio State Tri-Meet (Jan. 14) and Ashley Szymanski’s bars routine in the home-opener versus Bowling Green (Jan. 22).

» RECORDS FALL AGAIN AT TENNESSEE COLLEGIATE CLASSIC:

– For the second consecutive season, the Ball State gymnastics program shattered records at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19), highlighted by a team record score of 198.025 … The Cardinals were the first program in the nation to break the 198 mark this season, with the score also being a Mid-American Conference record.

– The effort included program event records on vault (49.375), bars (49.775) and floor (49.625), as well as the fourth best beam score in program history (49.250) … The program’s beam record of 49.350 was set at last season’s Tennessee Collegiate Classic.

– Ball State’s gymnasts registered a program meet record 12 scores of 9.900-or-higher, including perfect 10.0s by Suki Pfister (vault), Zoe Middleton (bars) and Megan Teter (bars) … Prior to the meet, the Cardinals only had one perfect 10 in program history.

– Ball State’s student-athletes earned 21 career best scores over the course of the meet, with each athlete who competed tallying at least one.

» MORE RECORD NOTES FROM TENNESSEE:

–  On floor, Suki Pfister tied the program record for a second time in her career with a 9.950 … Three Cardinals, Carissa Martinez, Zoe Middleton and Megan Teter, all earned 9.925s, while Hannah Ruthberg added a 9.900 … It marked the first time in program history all five countable scores on an event were 9.900-or-higher.

– Ball State produced five of the top 10 individual bars scores in program history, led by the first two perfect 10s on bars in the BSU record book from Zoe Middleton and Megan Teter … The Cardinals also received 9.925s on bars from Ashley Szymanski, Victoria Henry and Hannah Ruthberg to give the program its first-ever event with all five countable scores at 9.925-or-higher.

– Zoe Middleton crushed the program’s all-around record with a 39.750, including a 10.0 on bars, a 9.950 on vault, a 9.925 on floor and a 9.875 on beam … It’s currently the sixth-highest all-around score in the nation this season … The previous record was 39.400 set twice last season … All five of Middleton’s scores were career-best efforts.

– Megan Teter and Victoria Henry also passed the previous all-around mark with scores of 39.575 and 39.450, respectively … Teter’s effort of 39.575 included a 10.0 on bars, a 9.925 on floor, a 9.850 on beam and a 9.800 on vault … Henry’s effort of 39.450 counted a 9.925 on bars, a 9.850 on beam, a 9.850 on floor and a 9.825 on vault.

» A RECORD OPENER AS WELL: Ball State started the season with the best opening meet score in program history with a 194.925 at the UNC Quad (Jan. 5) … The previous record was 194.475 set at Kentucky to open the 2018 season.

» GOING 9.975-OR-HIGHER: Senior Victoria Henry turned in the best vault of her career to win the event at the Ohio State Tri-meet (Jan. 14) with a mark of 9.975 … Freshman Ashley Szymanski added a career-best 9.975 of her own on bars to win the event in the dual victory over Bowling Green (Jan. 22) … Along with the three perfect 10.0s registered at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19) by Suki Pfister, Zoe Middleton and Megan Teter, only seven gymnasts in program history have register a score of 9.975-or-higher … The other two are Sarah Mikrut with a 10.0 at Kent State (Feb. 21, 1997) and Denasiha Christian with a 9.975 on vault at Northern Illinois (Feb. 19, 2016).

» HENRY HITTING THE 9.900 MARK: Senior Victoria Henry has registered 15 scores of 9.900-or-better over her career, including five so far this season … The total includes seven floor routines, six vaults and two bars performance.

» SHINING ON FLOOR: Along with owning the nation’s best event team score this season with its 49.775 on bars at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19), Ball State’s 49.625 on floor the same night is tied as the nation’s fifth-best team effort on floor … The Cardinals enter the weekend ranked 20th nationally with an average floor score of 49.275, including 10 individual routines of 9.900-or-higher, led by Suki Pfister’s program-record tying effort of 9.950 also set at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic.

» PFISTER HITTING HIGH MARKS ON VAULT: Following her first career 10.0 on vault at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19), Suki Pfister has had 12 of her 36 collegiate vault performances score 9.900-or-higher … The total includes one 10.0, three 9.950s, two 9.925s and six 9.900s.

» SZYMANSKI SHINING ON BARS: Ashley Szymanski has led the Cardinals on bars in three of the team’s four meets this season, including winning the event at the Ohio State Tri-meet (Jan. 14) with a 9.900 and in the dual versus Bowling Green (Jan. 22) with a 9.975.

» ONE TO WATCH: Zoe Middleton, one of two Ball State student-athletes named to the 2024 MAC Gymnasts to Watch list, has provided plenty of highlights for the Cardinals so far this season including her perfect 10.0 on bars and program record all-around score of 39.750 at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19) … So far this season, all 16 of her routines have counted in the final team score … During her freshman campaign, 37 of Middleton’s 39 routines counted towards Ball State’s team total.

» MORE FROM THE ALL AROUND: Hannah Ruthberg also turned in a solid all-around effort at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19), turning in the second-best performance of her career with a score of 39.375 … The effort included career-best scores of 9.925 on bars and 9.900 on floor, as well as a 9.875 on beam and a 9.675 on vault.

» SCORING HIGH IN 2024:

– Ball State has registered 54 scores of 9.800-or-higher so far this season, with eight coming at the UNC Quad (Jan. 5), 10 at the Ohio State Tri-meet (Jan. 14), 22 at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19) and 14 versus Bowling Green (Jan. 22) … Of the 54 routines, 17 have come on bars, 16 on floor, 13 on vault and eight on beam … The total includes 21 scores of 9.900-or-better.

» RECORDS UNDER SALEEM:

– In the program’s first 11 seasons under head coach Joanna Saleem, Ball State has tallied the 28 best team scores in program history … In fact, of Ball State’s 32 scores of 195.450-or-higher, 30 have been set by Saleem’s squads.

– Saleem’s squads own the event records on all four apparatus: vault (49.375), bars (49.775), beam (49.350), and floor (49.625).

– All 38 entries in the vault record book are held by Saleem’s teams, as are 22 of 28 scores on floor, 22 of 29 scores on bars and 21 of 26 scores on beam.

» A FEW MORE EARLY HIGHLIGHTS:

– Junior Carissa Martinez turned in a pair of career-best performances at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19) with a 9.925 on floor and a 9.800 on vault.

– Junior Grace Sumner also hit a career-best mark at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic, with her 9.875 on bars … She tied the mark versus Bowling Green (Jan. 22) and is currently second on the team and sixth in the MAC with an average bars score of 9.837.

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

NO. 15 MEN’S VOLLEYBALL OPENS MIVA ACTION WITH 3-1 WIN OVER NO. 11 LOYOLA-CHICAGO

MUNCIE, Ind. – It came to no surprise that tonight’s Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association opener between Ball State and Loyola-Chicago would be a close one.

So close in fact, that the match consisted of 44 ties and 17 lead changes. Fortunately for the Cardinals they were able to hold onto a 3-1 victory over the Rambler’s Thursday night in Worthen Arena.

With the win, Ball State improved to 8-5 on the season and started MIVA action 1-0 for the first time since 2022. Loyola-Chicago dropped to 5-6 on the year and 0-1 in conference play.

For the match, Tinaishe Ndavazocheva led with 19 kills and was one dig shy of a double-double. Both Braydon Savitski-Lynde and Patrick Rogers each had 14 kills apiece. Setter Lucas Machado was consistent at the net dishing out 46 assists for a .434 accuracy.

One of the biggest components that helped the Cardinals tonight was the service line as the Rambler’s had 22 service errors while Ball State limited its errors to 13.

The first set was a back-and-forth affair that consisted of nine ties and three lead changes. The Cardinals had a two-point lead (20-18) late in the opening set which was capped off by a kill from Ndavazocheva. Loyola Chicago rallied off four-straight points to go up 22-20 over Ball State. A few errors at the net became costly and the Ramblers went on to take set one, 25-23.

The Cardinals regrouped in the second stanza and were able to jump out to an impressive 11-6 advantage over the Ramblers after back-to-back kills from Savitski-Lynde. That BSU run forced Loyola-Chicago to call a timeout. The Rambler’s inched closer but the Cardinals answered making some smart defensive plays at the net along with strong serves to push their lead back to five (15-10). Rodney Wallace and Rogers had an impressive block together to make the score 23-17. The Cardinals went on to tie the match 1-1 with their 26-24 set two win.

As the match continued and emotions were high the seesaw match carried over into  the third with the score tied 13-13. Loyola-Chicago went on a scoring spree and would move ahead of the Cardinals late in set three 18-15 which led to a Ball State timeout. After the timeout, Ball State rattled off four-straight points to take back a one-point edge, 19-18. The Rambler’s came back, and the score would be knotted 24-24. A service error by the Rambler’s and a kill from Will Patterson put the Cardinals up 2-1 in the match as BSU took set three by a score of 27-25.

It looked as if the match would go into overtime as the Rambler’s took an early 9-5 lead over the Cardinals in the fourth frame. Slowly Ball State would make its way back into contention as Patterson served five-straight points to tie the set 10-10. After that, both teams went point for point with the game tied for the last time at 23-23. A service error from the Rambler’s and a kill by Machado sealed the set for BSU 25-23 and the match, 3-1.

The Ball State men’s volleyball team continues competition at home Friday when it hosts No. 8 Penn State at 7 pm ET in Worthen Arena.

BALL STATE TRACK

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TRACK AND FIELD SET FOR MEYO INVITATIONAL

MUNCIE, Ind. — Track and field will head north Friday and Saturday for Notre Dame’s Meyo Invitational. 

The team has seen consistent success since their season opener at Saginaw Valley State University in December. Last weekend, there were nine combined season and personal best marks obtained by Cardinal competitors. Jenelle Rogers had another outstanding weekend with three first-place finishes and a shot put throw of 14.79m, good for the second farthest throw in Ball State indoor history. 

Looking ahead, track and field will head to Allendale, Michigan on February 9 for the GVSU Big Meet. That will be their last regular season meet before the MAC Championships on February 23 and 24. 

Ball State Entries in the Jaguar Invitational 

Friday

Pentathlon (10-3:00 p.m.) 

Long Jump (4:00 p.m.)

Shot Put (4:00 p.m.)

60m Hurdles Qualifiers (4:30 p.m.)

60m Qualifiers (5:10 p.m.)

600m (5:50 p.m.)

Distance Medley Relay (6:15 p.m.)

5000m (7:45 p.m.)

Saturday

3000k (10:25 a.m.)

Triple Jump (11:00 a.m.)

Weight Throw (11:00 a.m.)

Mile (11:10 a.m.)

60m Hurdles Prelims (11:40 a.m.)

60m Prelims (12:00 p.m.)

High Jump (12:00 p.m.)

400m (12:40 p.m.)

800m (1:30 p.m.)

60m Hurdles Final (2:05 p.m.)

60m Final (2:15 p.m.)

Mile (2:50 p.m.)

3000m (3:10 p.m.)

4x400m Relay (3:45 p.m.)

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

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SYCAMORES RECEIVING VOTES IN THE NCBWA PRESEASON POLL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State baseball was among those recognized in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) 2024 preseason NCAA Division I Baseball poll as announced by the organization on Thursday.

The Sycamores were among the teams receiving votes in the preseason poll as Indiana State continues to prepare for the upcoming 2024 season following one of the most successful seasons in program history.

The Sycamores advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time in program history and third in the last four seasons in 2023. ISU was ranked in all six major NCAA baseball polls on their way to winning the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament championships. ISU would go on to earn the No. 14 national seed in the 2023 NCAA Tournament hosting and winning the Terre Haute Regional, before falling in the Fort Worth Super Regional to TCU.

ISU announced the full 2024 baseball schedule with Indiana State set to open the season in Tampa, Fla. at the USF Baseball Stadium with games against Louisville, UConn, and South Florida. ISU will play 18 games at Bob Warn Field this season starting on March 12 against Illinois.

Season tickets are now on sale for the 2024 Indiana State season with ticket details below.

2024 Baseball Season Ticket Information

Reserved chairback season tickets can be purchased for $99. General admission season tickets will go on sale as well with adult ($72), seniors ($54), and youth ($40) tickets also being available for purchase. There will be a $5 surcharge added to those wanting tickets printed.

Sycamore baseball season tickets will also be available for purchase at home ISU men’s and women’s basketball starting this weekend.

ISU Baseball single game tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks.

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SPLIT-SQUAD WEEKEND ON DECK FOR SYCAMORES

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State track and field is set to take part in a pair of meets over the weekend, as the Sycamores will compete in the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame Friday and Saturday while also playing host to the Blue-White Classic Saturday afternoon.

Friday’s proceedings from South Bend will start at 4 p.m., with Saturday’s action at Notre Dame starting at 10 a.m. Saturday’s Blue-White Classic will start at noon.

Who’s In The Field?

Indiana State will compete at the Meyo Invitational against Ball State, Bowling Green, Bradley, Butler, Central Michigan, Dayton, DePaul, Eastern Michigan, Grace, Grand Valley State, Hope, Huntington, Illinois, Illinois-Springfield, Illinois State, Indiana, Iowa, Kent State, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Oakland, Ohio State, Purdue, Purdue Fort Wayne, Saint Louis, Tiffin, Toledo, UIC, Valparaiso and Western Michigan.

The Sycamores will play host to Brescia, DePauw, Evansville, Greenville, McKendree and St. Mary-of-the-Woods at the Blue-White Classic.

Last Time Out

Will Staggs matched his own indoor program record in the pole vault at the Michigan Invitational, headlining 14 top-three finishes for Indiana State inside the U-M Indoor Track Building.

Staggs cleared 5.41m (17-09.00) to set the meet record in the event, while Casey Hood Jr. (60m), Kevin Krutsch (high jump) and Shomari Rogers-Walton (triple jump) also took home first-place finishes for the Sycamores.

In addition to the high-level finishes against a deep field featuring five of the top 10 teams in the Great Lakes region, Indiana State recorded 13 season bests at the meet while 15 Sycamores set personal records in Ann Arbor.

The Forest Runs Deep

The USTFCCCA’s #EventSquad rankings were released for the first time this season on Monday, with Indiana State owning four event groups ranked in the top 15 nationally.

The Sycamores’ men’s triple jump group owns the top ranking for the Blue and White at No. 6 nationally, while the men’s 60m group also ranks in the top 10 at No. 7. Both the men’s shot put and men’s weight throw groups checked in at No. 11 nationally.

Weekly Winner

Indiana State pole vaulter Will Staggs was selected as the MVC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week Thursday, as announced by the conference office.

Staggs tied his own indoor program pole vault record, which he set at last year’s MVC Championships, on his way to a fourth straight first-place finish in the event at the Michigan Invitational. He was the lone athlete in the field to clear five meters, clearing marks of 5.11m (16-09.25) and 5.26m (17-03.00) before tying the Indiana State program record of 5.41m (17-09.00) on his first attempt.

Staggs continues to lead the MVC in the pole vault, while his mark of 5.41m also ranks third in the Great Lakes region and 12th in the nation.

Sycamores On The National Stage

Indiana State’s strong start to the season has seen six Sycamore athletes ranked among the nation’s best in their respective events this season.

Included in those marks are a pair of top-15 national rankings in Will Staggs, who ranks 12th in the pole vault (5.41m/17-09.00) and Niesha Anderson, who is 15th in the weight throw (21.36m/70-01.00).

Anderson is one of three Sycamore throwers to earn a top-50 national ranking, alongside Wyatt Puff in the shot put (26th, 18.28m/59-11.75) and Noah Bolt in the weight throw (50th, 20.31m/66-07.75). Sprinters Terrance O’Bannon (30th, 6.66) and Casey Hood Jr. (36th, 6.67) also own top-50 marks in the 60m.

Top-Ranked Trees

Indiana State checked in at No. 6 on the men’s side and No. 11 on the women’s side in the latest Great Lakes Region rankings. The Sycamores remained as the highest regionally-ranked team among MVC schools.

The Sycamores are bolstered by a quartet of top-three individual rankings in the region, as Terrance O’Bannon (60m), Will Staggs (pole vault), Noah Bolt (weight throw) and Niesha Anderson (weight throw) all rank among the best athletes in the Great Lakes region in their respective events.

Up Next

A second straight split-squad weekend is on deck for the Sycamores, with Indiana State set to compete in the GVSU Big Meet, Marian Invitational and Tyson Invitational.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE GOLF

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MEN’S GOLF PICKED SECOND, WOMEN FOURTH IN #HLGOLF PRESEASON POLLS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League announced its golf Preseason Polls on Thursday (Feb. 1) and the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s and women’s golf teams were picked second and fourth, respectively.

These are the highest selections that both teams have had in a league preseason poll in their respective program histories.

The Mastodon men are coming off their first Horizon League Championship from a year ago and are even better this season. In the fall, the Mastodons had a program-best team scoring average of 285.6. With that average over three rounds, the ‘Dons would have won last year’s championship by 20 shots. The Mastodons return all five players that won the Horizon League Championship last year: Kasey Lilly, Hunter Mefford, Nick Holder, Jadden Ousley and Burke Pitz. Freshmen AJ Agnew, Nick Bellush and Brock Reschly all spent time in the lineup in the fall.

The women are also coming off their best Horizon League finish in program history. The ‘Dons finished sixth under head coach Jim Earle in his first season. The ‘Dons’ best finisher at the 2023 championship, Anna Olafsdottir, is back for her senior season and is playing her best golf. She is averaging a program-best 75.5 per round. Newcomers Olivia Jang, Lillie Cone and Hunar Mittal found their way into the lineup in the fall along with fifth-year Adrienne Rohwedder and sophomore Natalie Papa getting reps on the course as well. In the fall, the ‘Dons posted an average of 307.3, which is the best for a season in the Mastodons’ history.

2024 Under Armour Men’s #HLGOLF Preseason Poll

Place. Team (First Place Votes) – Points

1. Wright State (9) – 99

2. Purdue Fort Wayne (1) – 84

3. Oakland – 80

4. IUPUI – 64

5. Northern Kentucky – 61

6. Cleveland State – 58

7. RMU – 37

8. Youngstown State – 32

9. Green Bay – 22

10. Detroit Mercy – 13

2024 Under Armour Women’s #HLGOLF Preseason Poll

Place. Team (First Place Votes) – Points

1. Oakland (5) – 58

2. Youngstown State (2) – 53

3. IUPUI – 43

T4. Green Bay (1) – 39

T4. Purdue Fort Wayne – 39

6. Cleveland State – 31

7. Northern Kentucky – 16

8. Detroit Mercy – 9

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

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PANTHERS EDGE ‘DONS IN #HLMBB CONTEST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Jalen Jackson scored 17 points in a 68-65 loss for the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team on Thursday (Feb. 1) to Milwaukee at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Rasheed Bello added 13 points and six assists. Quinton Morton-Robertson had 12.

The ‘Dons trailed by as many as 11 in the first half. Purdue Fort Wayne cut it to a two-point deficit at 28-26 on an Anthony Roberts dunk with 4:14 left. But the Panthers would take a 38-32 lead to half.

Jackson scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half and was a big reason the ‘Dons took the lead back in the second half. A layup by Johnathan DeJurnett gave the ‘Dons a 55-54 lead with 9:11 left.

The ‘Dons limited Milwaukee to 34.4 percent shooting in the second half but the Panthers’ BJ Freeman scored seven points in the final minutes of the game to give the lead back to the visitors. The ‘Dons were down three with 1.7 seconds left and called for time. A full court heave found Roberts with a chance at a three to tie the game, but his shot was off the mark.

Freeman finished with a game-high 26 points.

The ‘Dons fall to 14-8 (5-6 Horizon League). Milwaukee improves to 11-11 (6-5 Horizon League). The ‘Dons host Youngstown State on Sunday (Feb. 4) at the Gates Sports Center.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE TRACK

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PURDUE FORT WAYNE TRACK AND FIELD SQUADS GEAR UP MRS. G AND MEYO INVITATIONALS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne teams will be split between two meets this weekend. The Mastodons will compete at both the Mrs. G Invitational (Feb. 2) and the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 2-3).

Mrs. G Invitational

When: Friday, February 2

Where: Angola, Ind. | Steel Dynamics Athletic & Recreation Center

Meet Information:Link

Watch:Link

Events Start: 3:00 p.m.

Men’s Entries:Andrew Arnos, Caden Bird, Hunter Crew, Brent Donaldson, Michael Drohosky, Dona Fagnon, Colten Gasson, Owen Kaufman, Kaden Kruer, Cody Loshe, Kobe Milledge, Jack Mills, Kehinde Oladapo, Andrew Roman, Alex Schipper, Isaac Shreve, Isaiah Smith, Jaylin Springer, Asher Walden, Cory Waldron, Tyler Wheaton

Women’s Entries:Faith Allen, Sophia Buck, Francesca Carlo, Emery Carrico, Emma Collison, Abbigail Garwood, Aubrey Haas, McKayla Henry, Haylee Hile, Melia Marlin, Madeline McClerren, Korynne Moga, Mariah Oberhaus, Hayma Ong, Mercedes Sarver, Kelsey Shatava, Megan Sinnott, Marissa Van De Weg, Ramey Wilder, Madeleine Wisniewski

Meyo Invitational

When: Friday, February 2 – Saturday, February 3

Where: Notre Dame, Ind. | Loftus Center

Meet Information:Link

Watch:Link

Events Start: 11:30 a.m.

Men’s Entries:Ezra Lewellen, Jonas Morris, Brent Donaldson, Harrison Niswander, Jarred Neff, Nathan Mills, Austin Hall, Brevin Miller, Zyler Johnson

Women’s Entries:Ava Genovese, Nakia Harris-Campbell, Haylee Hile, Jesseca Hudson-Turpin, Kassie Jordan, Madison King, Louiza Kruiswijk, Jai Reed, Lia Rivers, Ali Sparks, Riley Tate, Jordan Yanders, Aniya Young

Women’s Preview

Jesseca Hudson-Turpin was the winner in the 60 meter hurdles at last weekend’s Doug Raymond Invitational. She posted the top prelim time of 8.87 and improved to a time of 8.69 in the finals to win the event. Dylan Kirkwood’s 60 meter hurdles time of 9.04 ranked fifth in the 16 woman pentathlon field. She took sixth in the long jump (5.48m), eighth in high jump (1.55m) and the shot put (10.44m), and ninth in the 800 meters (2:36.45). She scored 3446 points to finish fourth overall.

Men’s Preview

Jonas Morris led the ‘Dons at the Doug Raymond Invitational last weekend with a second-place finish in the 400 meters with a school record time of 47.95. He also posted a third-place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 21.95. Kehinde Oladapo was the top Mastodons at the IUPUI Invitational in the 800 meters. He finished 11th (1:57.62) with Kobe Milledge taking 12th (1:58.03).

Up Next

Purdue Fort Wayne will compete in their penultimate indoor meet next weekend at the Grand Valley State Big Meet.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL

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USI SOFTBALL PROJECTED 4TH IN OVC

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Softball is projected to place fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference in a vote submitted by the league’s head coaches and communication directors.

The 10-team OVC will feature a schedule with each team playing each other in one three-game series for a 27-game conference schedule from March 9 through May 5. The conference’s season concludes with the OVC Softball Championship Tournament in Peoria, Illinois May 8-11.

Reigning OVC regular-season champion Southeast Missouri State University was predicted first in the OVC preseason poll with 157 points and 13 first-place votes. Reigning 2023 OVC Tournament champion Eastern Illinois University was selected second with 148 points and six first-place votes. The University of Tennessee at Martin rounded out the top three with 120 points and a first-place vote.

The Screaming Eagles, coming off a third-place finish in their inaugural D-I and OVC season in 2023, were picked fourth with 112 points. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was slotted fifth with 111 points ahead of Tennessee State University in sixth with 80 points. Lindenwood University earned 65 points for a projected seventh-place finish. Morehead State University was picked eighth with 44 points while OVC newcomer Western Illinois University (33) and Tennessee Tech University (30) rounded out the preseason poll.

As part of the Ohio Valley Conference’s preseason announcement, junior pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) represented USI on the 2024 OVC Softball Preseason Players to Watch List. Newman comes off a stellar 2023 campaign, earning All-OVC First Team honors at the end of last season.

Newman finished the 2023 regular season tied for first in the OVC with 15 wins and 17 complete games, alone in first with 139 strikeouts and six shutouts, and second with 145 innings pitched and a .206 opposing batting average. In conference-only action, Newman’s 10 OVC wins were first in the league in addition to her 95.1 innings pitched, 83 strikeouts, 14 starts, and 13 complete games. Her three OVC shutouts were tied for first in conference-only action.

Plus, Newman had three starts with 10 or more strikeouts, threw two one-hitters, and earned her 16th overall win last season in the opening round of the OVC Tournament in USI’s win against Tennessee State. Newman was also a three-time OVC Pitcher of the Week in 2023.

The 2024 squad features 20 players – 13 returning players and seven newcomers. Head Coach Sue Kunkle, who enters 2024 with a 649-443-1 career record at USI, heads into her 23rd season at the helm of the Screaming Eagles. Kunkle has USI primed to make another good run in 2024 after a historic first season as an NCAA Division I program and first in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Eagles made their D-I debut last year with a 21-23 overall record and a 13-9 mark in the OVC. USI captured its first OVC Tournament win last May as a No. 3 seed. At the end of last year, USI had two All-OVC First Team selections in Newman and graduated designated player Allie Goodin, who also took home OVC Player of the Year honors.

Alongside Newman in the circle, USI also returns junior pitcher Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana) and sophomore pitcher Raegan Gibson (Louisville, Kentucky). Gotshall was 4-5 with 28 strikeouts and a 4.28 ERA in 55.2 innings pitched. Gotshall made 10 starts in 15 appearances. Gibson tallied a 1-1 record in her freshman season, posting a 6.14 ERA in 21.2 innings. Gibson had three starts in 12 appearances.

At the plate, USI returns senior outfielder Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana). Bedrick started all 44 games last season and batted .308 at the top of the order with a team-best 31 runs scored, which ranked sixth in the OVC. The top returning run producer in the Screaming Eagles’ lineup with Bedrick is senior Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana). Fair also started all 44 games in 2023, hitting .222, and was second on the team with four home runs and 23 RBI. The power-hitter also added seven doubles last season.

Opening day for the Screaming Eagles in 2024 will be February 16 at the Easton Bama Bash when USI opens against the University of Virginia and the University of St. Thomas. USI will play five games from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to begin the 2024 campaign, including a matchup against the host and top-15 ranked University of Alabama on February 18. Southern Indiana will start conference play March 9-10 at Tennessee Tech before hosting its home-opening series from USI Softball Field March 16-17 against Morehead State.

2024 OVC Softball Predicted Order of Finish

(as voted on by the league’s head coaches and communication directors)

1. Southeast Missouri (13) 157

2. Eastern Illinois (6) – 148

3. UT Martin (1) – 120

4. Southern Indiana – 112

5. SIUE – 111

6. Tennessee State – 80

7. Lindenwood – 65

8. Morehead State – 44

9. Western Illinois – 33

10. Tennessee Tech – 30

2024 OVC Softball Players to Watch

Rachel Kaufman, Eastern Illinois

Amanda Weyh, Lindenwood

Jessie Begley, Morehead State

Aubrie Shore, Southeast Missouri

Sydney Baalman, SIUE

Josie Newman, Southern Indiana

Anayah Baker-Rowell, Tennessee State

Mackenzie Fitzgerald, Tennessee Tech

Kaci Fuller, UT Martin

Bella Alvarez, Western Illinois

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

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USI WINS THRILLER AT THE LINE

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball snapped a five-game losing streaking by making 11-of-11 free throws down the stretch to defeat Tennessee Tech University, 74-71, Thursday evening in Cookeville, Tennessee. The Screaming Eagles rise to 6-16 overall and 3-6 in OVC play, while the Golden Eagles are 7-15 overall, 2-7 OVC.

The Screaming Eagles controlled much of the opening 20 minutes and were in front at the intermission, 35-32. USI led by as many as 12 points, 34-22, with 3:47 remaining in the half after a 16-8 run. Sophomore guard Ryan Hall (Kettering, Ohio) and junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) led USI during the run with six points and five points, respectively.

TTU, however, cut into the USI advantage with an 8-1 run in the final minutes of the half to shrink the margin to three.

The second half saw the Screaming Eagles re-extend the lead to seven points twice (43-36 and 45-38) on back-to-back points in the paint by junior forward Nick Hittle (Indianapolis, Indiana). The Golden Eagles would rally and jumped back into the lead with a three-pointer to make the score 51-50 with 10:14 to play.

The next eight minutes would see the lead bounce back and forth until Hernandez connected on all three of a three-shot foul to give USI the lead for good, 66-65, with 2:26 to play. Hernandez would convert twice more to increase the lead to 68-65 with two more charity shots with 1:55 on the clock.

After TTU cut the USI advantage to one, 68-67, with two free throws of its own, Hall continued USI’s lead protection with two more free throws for a 70-67 lead with 27 ticks left. Sophomore guard Jack Campion (Milton, Wisconsin) and Hittle sealed the victory with four more free throw conversions in the final seconds to hold off the Golden Eagles, 74-71.

Overall, USI was 11-of-11 from the line down the stretch and 19-24 overall in the game. The Screaming Eagles also shot over 50 percent from the field for the game for the first time since November (51.1 percent, 23-45).

Individually, Hernandez led all USI scorers with 19 points before fouling out in the second half. The junior guard was five-of-11 from the field, including a three-point field goal, and eight-of-10 from the stripe.

USI sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) followed with 13 points and grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds. The double-double was Smith’s team-high ninth of the season.

Hittle was third on the team in the scoring column with 12 points (one short of tying a career-high) on a blistering six-of-seven from field and two-of-two from the line. Junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) was close behind with 11 points on a perfect four-of-four from the field and three-of-three from beyond the arc.

Campion rounded out the five USI double-figure scorers with 10 points. The sophomore guard also dished a career-high tying eight assists.

Next Up For USI:

USI concludes the road trip Saturday with a visit to Tennessee State University in Nashville. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

TSU (12-9, 5-3 OVC) opened the week with a 68-49 loss to Morehead State University at home this evening. The loss snapped the Tigers’ four-game winning streak, but TSU has won five of its last eight since December. USI took a 2-1 lead in the all-time series earlier in January, defeating the Tigers, 69-67, at Screaming Eagles Arena.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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USI BUILDS ON OVC LEAD WITH 10TH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball extended its Ohio Valley Conference lead and winning streak with a hard-fought 81-72 road win at Tennessee Tech University Thursday night.

On Thursday, the Screaming Eagles began a span with six of eight games on the road to start February, but USI battled to earn its 10th consecutive victory to start the road-heavy stretch. Southern Indiana continues its best streak since 2017-18 and the best start to a conference schedule since 1996-97. With the win, USI improved to 14-5 overall and 9-0 in conference play, taking a three-game advantage in the OVC standings at the halfway point of the conference season and into the next game on Saturday.

Thursday’s victory also meant a regular-season sweep for Southern Indiana against the reigning OVC Tournament champions, as USI defeated Tennessee Tech by three at home in early January. Since joining the OVC at the start of last season, the regular-season sweep was the Screaming Eagles’ first against one of the new, unfamiliar OVC opponents after jumping to Division I. Southern Indiana swept Lindenwood University in 2022-23, who also made the jump with USI from the Great Lakes Valley Conference in Division II.

After a tight battle to start, Tennessee Tech created some separation with three triples in the first handful of minutes to take an early 13-6 lead. Following a media timeout, Southern Indiana got rolling with an 8-0 run to surge back ahead, 14-13, including a three-point play by senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) and a trey from graduate guard Tori Handley (Jeffersonville, Indiana). The two squads went back and forth the rest of the first period, as the Golden Eagles led 21-18 heading to the second quarter.

Each team scored a bucket to start the second quarter, but then both defenses produced scoring droughts of over two minutes. In the middle of the frame, junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) got a shooters’ bounce and roll for a transition three, and senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) scored a nice layup underneath to put USI ahead, 26-25. Following another two-minute drought, Shafford drained another triple. With 1:15 left in the first half, freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) cashed in on a basket and the foul to give the Screaming Eagles a 33-25 advantage. Southern Indiana took a seven-point lead, 35-27, into the intermission.

To start the second half, Webb scored six straight points for Southern Indiana to push the Screaming Eagles ahead by double figures. Tennessee Tech made a small run just over three minutes into the third quarter to bring the deficit back to single digits, but USI answered with a pair of opportunities inside. At the 5:03 mark, Shafford swished a three through the bottom of the net to give USI a 51-39 advantage. Both sides struggled offensively in the back half of the third, but a three-pointer in the last 15 seconds of the third quarter led to a 56-47 USI lead through three.

Coming off a career-high 18 points in last Thursday’s win against Western Illinois University, Gannon once again took charge in the second half and to start the fourth quarter. Gannon tallied three consecutive buckets for Southern Indiana, as the Screaming Eagles maintained a 10-point margin, 62-52, three minutes into the fourth stanza. After Raley stuck a straightaway three-pointer through the nylon to put USI up 14 with 6:34 left, the Golden Eagles clawed back with a couple of threes and some looks in transition, making it a six-point game, 70-64, with less than three minutes remaining. USI responded with a three-point play by Shafford with 1:40 left on the clock. In a free-throw game down the stretch, USI closed out the win to begin the road trip.

Southern Indiana shot 46 percent (30-65) with seven triples made at a 44 percent clip. USI was 14-22 at the charity stripe. The Screaming Eagles won the battle on the glass, 43-37. Additionally, USI had 28 bench points and 42 points in the paint. Shafford paced the Screaming Eagles with 16 points and 12 rebounds, her fifth double-double of the season and 10th career double-double. Gannon finished with 15 points in front of a large group of family and friends who made the trip. Webb recorded 14 points, and Raley posted 13 points and nine boards.

Tennessee Tech was held below 40 percent shooting, going 23-64 for 36 percent, and limited to 5-27 for 19 percent from outside the arc. The Golden Eagles were 21-23 for 91 percent at the foul line. Tennessee Tech had two players in double figures, as sophomore Reagan Hurst and senior Anna Walker combined for 37 points. Tennessee Tech dropped to 9-11 this season with a 4-5 mark in the OVC.

The Screaming Eagles continue the road trip Saturday at 1 p.m. from Nashville, Tennessee against Tennessee State University. Saturday’s game can be seen with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin

VALPO WOMEN’S BB

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEADS TO CHICAGO SUNDAY TO FACE UIC

Valparaiso (3-15, 2-7 MVC)

Game #19 – February 4, 2024 – 1 p.m.

at UIC (12-8, 5-4 MVC)

Credit Union 1 Arena (8,000) – Chicago, Ill.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team closes out the first half of the Missouri Valley Conference slate on Sunday afternoon, heading up to the Windy City to meet UIC for the first time this season.

Previously: Playing the back half of its Hoosier State road swing Sunday at Evansville, the Valpo women’s basketball team closed the first half on a 13-2 run to take a seven-point lead into the locker room and the Beacons followed with a 14-2 run late in the third quarter to take down the Purple Aces by a 70-59 final. Leah Earnest scored a game-high 19 points, while Nevaeh Jackson delivered 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+

Radio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)

Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com

Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her sixth year at the helm of the program in 2023-24 and owns a record of 58-106. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first five years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. The 2022-23 season saw Evans lead Valpo to the first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State. The Beacons also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

Series Notes: The most common opponent in program history, UIC holds a 29-24 advantage in the all-time series over Valpo. Previously conference mates in the North Star Conference, the Mid-Continent Conference and the Horizon League, last season was the first year the two programs shared conference affiliation in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Flames claimed narrow victories in both regular season meetings (51-50 in Chicago, 55-53 in Valpo) before pulling away for a 72-47 win in the opening round of Hoops in the Heartland.

@ValpoWBB…

…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 162 points, coming in ahead of Evansville and Bradley.

– Valpo is in its seventh season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

– The Valley was ranked 13th in conference NET last season. The MVC ranked 10th in conference NET in 2021-22, seventh in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo finished last season with a 7-23 overall record and finished at 5-15 in MVC play, good for 11th in the Valley standings.

– The Beacons earned their first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State.

– Valpo also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

– Ali Saunders was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team.

…at Evansville

– Valpo led by six with less than three minutes remaining in the opening period before Evansville scored the final six points of the period to tie it at 13-13.

– The Purple Aces took a four-point lead at 25-21 just past the halfway mark of the second quarter, but that set the stage for a 13-2 Valpo run to end the half as the Beacons took a 34-27 halftime lead.

– Valpo pulled out to a 12-point lead less than three minutes into the second half. Evansville came back with an 11-2 run over the next two-plus minutes to cut the Beacons’ edge to 43-40.

– Valpo responded with a 14-2 run to close the third quarter which put the game out of reach, as the Beacons led 57-43 with 10 minutes to play.

– Valpo’s defense limited Evansville to 32.2% shooting, the second-lowest shooting percentage by a Valpo opponent this season.

– The Beacons matched the Purple Aces in the rebounding department, as both squads pulled down 41 boards — the second time this season Valpo has tied or outrebounded its opponent.

– Leah Earnest scored in double figures for the 16th time this year, pouring in a game-high 19 points, and also tied for team-high honors with five rebounds.

– Nevaeh Jackson enjoyed a very efficient shooting performance, hitting 6-of-8 from the field — including 2-of-4 from 3-point range — and both her free throw attempts for 16 points while also sharing team-high honors with five rebounds.

– Olivia Brown connected for 11 points — all of which came in the second half — and set a season best with five rebounds.

– The win was Valpo’s fourth straight at Evansville.

…at Indiana State

– Valpo led for the majority of the first quarter, but ISU closed the period with six straight points – including a halfcourt shot at the buzzer – to lead 18-16 at the end of the quarter.

– A 3-pointer from Saniya Jackson and a driving layup from Leah Earnest accounted for a quick 5-0 run late in the second quarter which sent Valpo into the locker room with a 32-28 halftime lead.

– Out of the locker room, Valpo was unable to hit a field goal in the third quarter and didn’t crack the scoreboard until a pair of free throws by senior Ava Interrante with 3:10 to play in the period. At that point, the Sycamores had reeled off 15 points in a row to take a double-digit lead.

– ISU led 47-36 at the end of the third quarter and scored on each of its first five possessions of the fourth quarter to keep the Beacons from making a run.

– Leah Earnest finished with 18 points to lead all players on 8-of-13 shooting, while also pulling down a team-high six rebounds.

– Jackson joined Earnest in double digits in the scoring column, finishing with 10 points — her eighth double-digit effort of the season.

– After shooting 46.2% (12-of-26) in the first half to head into the locker room with the lead, the Beacons were limited to 20% (4-of-20) shooting in the second half.

– Valpo also hit just five 3-pointers on the evening, matching its lowest output to date in Valley play.

– There was only a three-turnover differential in that department (Indiana State 16, Valpo 19), but the Sycamores were able to turn the Beacons’ turnovers into 26 points, while Valpo scored just 14 points off ISU’s miscues.

…looking ahead

– The second half of the Valley slate begins next weekend, as Indiana State and Evansville visit the ARC.

– The following weekend brings the central Illinois road swing, with visits to Bradley and Illinois State.

…on the road

– Valpo will play 17 games away from home in the 2023-24 regular season, 16 of which will be true road games.

– The Beacons are 1-11 away from home so far this year and posted a 4-10 record in true road games last season.

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– UIC enters Sunday’s game at 12-8 overall and with a 5-4 record in Valley play.

– The Flames had won four in a row prior to a 65-43 setback against UNI on Wednesday.

– Four UIC players average in double figures, led by a team-best 12.7 points/game off the bench from Makiyah Williams. Keimari Rimmer adds 10.3 points/game and leads the Flames on the glass with 6.3 boards/game.

Halftime Leads

– Valpo has held halftime leads in each of the last four games: 37-35 versus Illinois State, 47-25 versus Bradley, 32-28 at Indiana State and 34-27 last time out at Evansville.

– The third quarter has proved vital in all four of those games. Valpo was able to extend its lead against Bradley with a 19-12 edge in the third quarter, while last time out at Evansville, the Beacons outscored the Purple Aces 23-16 in the third period.

– On the other hand, the Beacons saw the lead slip away in the third quarter of the two losses in that stretch, getting outscored in the third period 21-12 against Illinois State and 19-4 against Indiana State.

– Within Valley play, Valpo owns a 144-131 total edge over its opponents in the second quarter, but the Beacons’ opponents have outscored them 193-134 in the third quarter.

Hitting the Glass

– Valpo battled to a draw in the rebounding department with Evansville in Sunday’s win, as both teams grabbed 41 boards.

– Valpo’s 41 rebounds was the program’s highest single-game total in a regulation game since a 41-rebound effort in the December 2020 win over Western Michigan.

– The Beacons claimed 35 of those boards on the defensive glass, the program’s most defensive rebounds in a game in the tenure of head coach Mary Evans.

– Sunday’s rebounding performance was a total team effort, as no Beacon had more than five rebounds. All 10 players who played at least seven minutes secured multiple rebounds.

Happy Returns

– Over the last couple weeks, Valpo has been bolstered by returns to action from a pair of key players.

– In the Jan. 21 win over Bradley, fifth-year guard Olivia Brown returned to the court after missing four games with an ankle injury.

– Then, last time out at Evansville, fifth-year point guard Jill Harris saw nine minutes of action off the bench – her first playing time since Nov. 25, as she missed 13 games with a concussion.

A Big Win

– There was no drama in Valpo’s first Valley win of the year, as the Beacons led Bradley by as many as 34 points in the second half on their way to the 79-55 victory.

– Valpo’s 24-point margin of victory was its largest since beating Western Michigan 75-51 in December 2020.

– It was the program’s largest margin of victory in MVC play since a 93-49 win over Evansville in January 2019.

– The Beacons held Bradley to 55 points, a season low for their opponents. The Braves shot just 29.1% from the floor, the lowest mark by a Valpo opponent since Illinois State shot just 28.8% in January 2021.

That Second Quarter Tho

– The offensive numbers from the second quarter in the Bradley win are the fun ones.

– Valpo scored 33 points in the period, the program’s second-highest output in a quarter since the change to quarters in 2014-15 — only bested by a 35-point third quarter in the aforementioned Evansville game.

– The Beacons were 9-of-14 from the field in the second quarter, including a 7-of-10 mark from behind the 3-point line, and hit 8-of-9 from the foul line. Their 33 points came on just 19 possessions, an average of 1.74 points per possession.

Another Leap Forward

– Senior Leah Earnest took a jump forward in her production last season, and has taken another leap this year.

– Earnest enters Sunday’s game ranked seventh in the conference in scoring (14.8).

– She is just outside the Valley’s top-10 in rebounding with a team-best 6.8 rebounds/game and is also averaging a team-best 2.7 assists/game as well.

– Earnest is on pace to become the first Valpo player since Debbie Bolen in 1991-92 to lead the team in points, rebounds and assists.

– Earnest has been consistent, scoring in double figures in 16 of 18 games to date.

– Earnest entered this season with a career high of 20 in the scoring column, but has hit that mark or better five times this year, including a career-best 26 points at UAB.

– Earnest surpassed the 500-rebound mark for her career in the MVC opener at Missouri State, becoming the 19th player in program history with 500 career boards. She enters Sunday’s game ranked 16th in program history with 549 career rebounds.

– Earnest posted 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in Valpo’s win over Bradley – in single-game records dating back to the late 1980’s, no Valpo player has ever hit all three of those marks in the same game.

– Earnest is one of just three Division I players this season to reach all three of those marks in the same game — Iowa’s Caitlin Clark did so against Loyola, while Abilene Christian’s Bella Earle did so against California Baptist. She is also one of just two MVC players to post a stat line like that in the last 13 seasons.

Youth in the Lineup

– The Beacons’ starting lineup has been 60% comprised of freshmen the last seven times out.

– Layla Gold made her first collegiate start at Southern Illinois, joining Saniya Jackson and Nevaeh Jackson in the starting five.

– It was the first time Valpo has started three freshmen since March 11, 2016, when Hannah Schaub, Meredith Hamlet and Amber Lindfors were in the starting lineup against Northern Kentucky.

– Gold’s insertion into the lineup was necessitated after Olivia Brown suffered an injury in the fourth quarter of the previous game at Missouri State which kept her out against the Salukis. It was the first game Brown had missed in her three years at Valpo, snapping a streak of 71 consecutive games played.

Thievery Abounds

– Valpo has gotten back to its stealing ways on the defensive end this season.

– The Beacons average 10.0 steals/game and have been in double figures in steals in eight games this season, highlighted by an 18-steal effort against Western Illinois Nov. 18.

– The 18 steals was the program’s best single-game mark since tallying 21 steals at Evansville on Jan. 12, 2020, and is tied for the second-highest output in Evans’ tenure as head coach.

– Freshman Raeven Raye-Redmond currently ranks sixth in the Valley with 2.0 steals/game, while fellow rookie Saniya Jackson is ninth in the MVC with 1.9 steals/game.

– Both Jackson and Raye-Redmond have had an eight-steal game this season – Jackson did so Nov. 25 at UAB and Raye-Redmond did so in her collegiate debut in the aforementioned Western Illinois game.

– Jackson and Raye-Redmond are two of just 30 D-I players nationally to record eight or more steals in a single game so far this season.

– The duo are now tied for second on Valpo’s single-game steals chart, just one off the program single-game record.

– Prior to this year, the last Valpo player to tally eight steals in a game was Jeanette Gray against Houston in the 2002 WNIT.

– Raye-Redmond was the first MVC player to record eight steals in a game since UNI’s Ellie Herzberg did so against Indiana State on Feb. 19, 2017.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

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VALPO TO CLASH WITH EVANSVILLE FOR BEACH GAME

Evansville (13-9, 4-7 MVC)

at Valparaiso (6-16, 2-9 MVC)

Game No. 23 – Saturday, Feb. 3, 3 p.m. CT

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will welcome Evansville to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon for a game that is presented by Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute. Fans have an opportunity to escape the cold weather with a Beach Party at the ARC as the first 1,000 spectators will receive free Hawaiian leis. Attendees can enter to win a free 55-inch television courtesy of LBJI, plus three lucky fans will win a $300 airfare credit for a vacation getaway. Fans are encouraged to wear beach gear and will enjoy island music throughout the contest. The Beacons and Purple Aces will rematch after a game that came down to the wire on Jan. 17 in the southern portion of the state, with Evansville notching a three-point win on its home court.

Last Time Out: Isaiah Stafford rewrote his career high with 32 points, but MVC title contender Drake came away with an 81-70 victory on Wednesday night at the Knapp Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Stafford drilled four 3s and hit 12 of his 21 field-goal attempts. Darius DeAveiro added 12 points, four rebounds and five assists. The Beacons played the Bulldogs even after halftime with each team scoring 40 points. Valpo was outrebounded 48-30 and 12-2 on the offensive glass in part due to the play of Drake’s Darnell Brodie, who went 7-of-8 from the floor and scored 19 points to go along with 18 rebounds.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Noah Godsell (play-by-play) and Soren Burkholder (analyst)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (6-16) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Jan. 17 – Evansville 78, Valpo 75: Valpo dropped a 78-75 heartbreaker in the first matchup between these two teams at the Ford Center in Evansville as the host Purple Aces held the final edge in a game that featured 12 ties and nine lead changes. Isaiah Stafford matched what at the time was a career high and established a then season high with 31 points including five made triples, part of a night where the team hit 11 3-pointers. Cooper Schwieger had 12 points and 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double.

Series Notes: Valpo holds a 25-73 all-time record as the two teams prepare for the 99th installment of this instate matchup. Valpo had won five straight meetings before dropping this year’s visit to the River City, sweeping Evansville last season 76-69 on Jan. 14 at the Ford Center and 81-69 on Jan. 28 at the ARC. Evansville is the second most common opponent in program history as Valpo has played only Butler (103) more frequently. Valpo is 8-3 in the last 11 showdowns including Arch Madness victories in 2020 and 2022.

Scouting the Purple Aces

Under the direction of second-year head coach David Ragland, who spent two seasons on Valpo’s staff as an assistant coach in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Two-time Valpo graduate Peter Funk is in his first year at Evansville as Assistant Coach/Chief of Staff after spending seven years at Valpo as a student manager, graduate assistant and most recently Director of Basketball Operations.

Picked to finish 11th of 12 in the MVC preseason poll.

Started the season 10-2 with the only losses coming to BYU and Missouri State.

Followed the 10-2 start with a five-game slide, but have now won three of their last five including wins in their last two outings, vs. Illinois State (58-54 on Jan. 27) and vs. UIC (77-60 on Wednesday).

Hold a 9-2 home mark but are 3-7 on the road.

UINDY WOMEN’S TENNIS

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GREYHOUNDS CHOSEN TO LEAD GLVC EAST DIVISION

INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis women’s tennis was voted in the preseason coaches’ poll as the choice to win the 2024 GLVC East Divisions, the league office announced on Thursday.

The preseason poll is selected by the league’s head coaches, who, per GLVC Bylaws, are not permitted to vote for their own team.

EAST

No. 1 Indianapolis

Received all five possible first-place votes and 25 total points.

Ranked 12th in Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) D-II Preseason Poll.

Won GLVC East Division title and fourth-straight GLVC Championship as top East seed last season.

Earned top seed and bye in NCAA Midwest Regional #1.

Coached by reigning GLVC Coach of the Year, Malik Tabet, who enters his 10th season after a 17-6 overall and 6-0 GLVC record in 2023.

Return GLVC Freshman of the Year and First Team All-GLVC selection: María Fiacan.

EAST

RK.         TEAM    PTS (1st-Place Votes)

1.            Indianapolis                       25 (5)

2.            Lewis                                   18

3.            Illinois Springfield             16 (1)

4.            Maryville                            13

5.            McKendree                        11

6.            Missouri-St. Louis            7

WEST

RK.         TEAM    PTS (1st-Place Votes)

1.            Southwest Baptist            24 (4)

2.            Drury                                   21 (1)

3.            Rockhurst                           18 (1)

4.            Quincy                                 13

5.            William Jewell                   8

6.            Truman State                     6

UINDY MEN’S TENNIS

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MEN’S TENNIS VOTED GLVC EAST DIVISIONAL FAVORITE

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s tennis was voted in the preseason coaches’ poll as the choice to win the 2024 GLVC East Division, the league office announced on Thursday.

The preseason poll is selected by the league’s head coaches, who, per GLVC Bylaws, are not permitted to vote for their own team.

EAST

No. 1 Indianapolis

Received all five possible first-place votes and 25 total points.

Ranked seventh in Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) D-II Preseason Poll.

Won GLVC East Division and GLVC Championship Tournament titles.

Won NCAA Midwest Regional #1 as the top seed, advancing to NCAA national semifinals.

Coached by reigning GLVC Coach of the Year Malik Tabet, who enters his 10th season after a 23-3 overall and 5-0 GLVC record in 2023.

Return pair of First Team All-GLVC selections: Louis Picaud and Tom Zeuch.

The complete poll and voting results can be found below.

EAST

RK.         School (First Place Votes)              Point

1.            Indianapolis                                      (5)          25

2.            McKendree                                       (1)          19

3.            Lewis                                                  14

4.            Maryville                                           13

5.            Illinois Springfield                            10

6.            Missouri-St. Louis                            9

WEST

RK.         School (First Place Votes)              Point

1.            Drury                                                  (3)          15

2.            Southwest Baptist                          (2)          14

3.            Rockhurst                                          10

4.            Quincy                                                7

5.            William Jewell                                  4

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

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HOUNDS DIG PAST MINERS TO BEGIN FEBRUARY

ROLLA, Mo. – The UIndy men’s basketball answered the call on Thursday evening, grinding out a 71-68 overtime road win at Missouri S&T.

Zac Szul capped a 9-0 Greyhound run in the final 3:49 of the extra session to lift the visitors to victory, avenging last Saturday’s overtime defeat at Lewis.

The victory marks the 17th straight such result against the Miners, dating back to Jan. 10, 2010.

INS & OUTS

A second straight heart-breaker stared UIndy in the face just 71 seconds into overtime, as Missouri S&T sprinted out to a 68-62 lead after a quick six points. The Greyhounds regained their composure following a timeout, as Kendrick Tchoua began the incredible 9-0 stretch with four points to cut the deficit to one possession.

After Jesse Bingham sunk a pair of free throws to knot the game at 68 apiece, Szul played hero – for the second time this season – with a dagger 3-pointer directly in front of the UIndy bench with a minute remaining.

The host Miners had their chance, however, looking for a quick bucket in the waning seconds. But it was Bingham swiping the ball away from Julien Smith in the paint to seal the win, the senior’s lone steal of the evening.

UIndy looked to avoid overtime for the second time in six nights, as Jarvis Walker put the Crimson and Grey up three with an and-1 driving layup late in the second half. Just like the final moments, Missouri S&T received an opportunity to take the victory, but missed a look at the buzzer.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Sophomore Sean Craig secured a career-high nine rebounds in the win, while accounting for a pair of steals.

– Following back-to-back overtime games, Bingham has logged 83 minutes of action on the floor.

– Paul Zilinskas drilled a game-high four triples in the win, finishing with 15 points.

– UIndy limited Missouri S&T to just 30.3 percent shooting in the final 25 minutes, including a 2-for-11 effort from 3-point range.

– Tchoua recorded his third double-double of the season, adding 11 points to his 13 rebounds.

MORE NOTES

The Greyhounds held the Miners to more than 11 points (79.6 ppg) under their season average despite the extra session … UIndy has now held its opponents to 68 or less points on 12 occasions this season … S&T’s Smith led with 16 points, sharing the top spot in the scoring column with Bingham … Greyhound center Julian Steinfeld finished with five rebounds and one block in 13 minutes off the bench.

UP NEXT

UIndy visits Maryville for a 4 p.m. ET tip on Saturday. The Greyhounds last defeated the Saints on Jan. 6 from Nicoson Hall, 74-52, and have won each of the past three meetings.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

(UINDY RELEASE)

DEFENSE SPARKS HUGE FOURTH-QUARTER COMEBACK AT S&T

ROLLA, Mo. – The UIndy women’s basketball team defeated Missouri S&T, 71-70, on Thursday night. The Greyhounds are now 10-9 on the season, 7-6 in GLVC play.

Liv Becker was the leading scorer for the Hounds. Becker finished with 16 points, going 7-for-13 from the field. Jada Patton was not far behind with 15 points of her own.

INS & OUTS

During the fourth quarter, the Greyhounds had a 14-2 run that decreased the Miner’s lead to four. Patton had five points and Jada Haines had four. A 3-pointer by Becker gave the Hounds their first lead of the night of 68-66 with less than three minutes left.

The game continued to go wire-to-wire, a buzzer-beater by Haines secured the Hounds the victory.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Haines finished with 10 points in only seven minutes of play, six in the fourth quarter.

– Patricia Chikamba was a key player near the hood, finishing with a team-high 12 rebounds. The team finished with 41 rebounds compared to S&T’s 36.

– Ilani Williams-Harris was able to take advantage of the Miner’s 19 turnovers. Williams-Harris finished with three steals.

MORE NOTES

Katelynne Roberts finished with 19 points for the Miners. Roberts also lead the team in blocks (two) and rebounds (nine). … UIndy and S&T finish their season series 2-0. The all-time series continues to be in favor of the Greyhounds 17-6.

UP NEXT

UIndy will travel to nearby St. Louis to face Maryville. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 3.

WABASH FOOTBALL

LITTLE GIANT FOOTBALL FACES TWO WISCONSIN FOES IN 2024

Two games against first-time opponents from Wisconsin highlight the 2024 Wabash College football schedule.

The Little Giants open the 2024 season with two home games, beginning Saturday, September 7, against St. Norbert College. The Green Knights will travel to Crawfordsville for the first meeting between the two football programs. Wabash opens North Coast Athletic Conference play on Saturday, September 14, against Ohio Wesleyan University. The 2 p.m. kickoff is part of the annual Wabash Homecoming celebration.

The Little Giants travel to Wisconsin on Saturday, September 21, for a 1 p.m. Central Time kickoff versus UW-Platteville. Wabash and the Pioneers play for the first time in program history.

“St. Norbert and Wisconsin-Platteville are both outstanding programs,” Wabash head coach Don Morel said. “We like to play tough non-conference opponents. It makes us better as a program and prepares us for the conference portion of the schedule. Platteville is a nationally ranked team, and St. Norbert has a great football tradition. Those will be fun games for our team and our fans.”

Wabash plays at home on three consecutive weekends in the NCAC portion of the schedule, beginning with a home contest against Hiram College on Saturday, October 19. The Little Giants follow with home games against Kenyon College on October 26 and Denison on November 2.

Wabash travels to Wooster on October 5 for the first road NCAC contest. Due to the Yom Kippur holiday, the Little Giants play at Oberlin on Sunday, October 13. Wabash plays a road conference game at Wittenberg on November 9 before closing the regular season with the 130th Monon Bell Classic against DePauw on November 16.


Start times for all games and ticket information for the schedule’s home portion will be announced later this year.

2024 Wabash College Football Schedule

Saturday, September 7 – home vs. St. Norbert College (1 p.m.)
Saturday, September 14 – home vs. Ohio Wesleyan Univ. (2 p.m.) [Homecoming] *
Saturday, September 21 – at Univ. of Wisconsin Platteville (1 p.m. CT)
Saturday, October 5 – at the College of Wooster (TBD) *
Sunday, October 13 -at Oberlin College (TBD) *
Saturday, October 19 – home vs. Hiram College (1 p.m.) *
Saturday, October 26 – home vs. Kenyon College (1 p.m.) *
Saturday, November 2 – home vs. Denison Univ. (1 p.m.) *
Saturday, November 9 – at Wittenberg Univ. (TBD) *
Saturday, November 16 – at DePauw Univ. (1:07 p.m.) [130th Monon Bell Classic] *

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php                                                                                                                                                                            

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/standings

NHL STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nhl/standings

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

February 2, 1913

February 2, 1913 – The New York Giants baseball club signed Jim Thorpe. If you remember it was this was right after his Olympic Gold medals earned at the 1912 Games were stripped from him due to playing a little bit on the diamond in 1910. Thorpe was a great athlete but his dabbling in Major League baseball for 6 of the next 8 years were not his top moments in athletic history. He resumed football in 1920 when the fledgling NFL under the guise of the APFA hired Thorpe to be their marquis players and president to give the League credibility per the History.com website article. 

February 2, 1959 – Vince Lombardi signed a 5 year contract to coach the Green Bay Packers. What he did in the next decade with that franchise may never be repeated again in the NFL. Per the PFR Lombardi led the Pack to three NFL Championships and two Super Bowl victories is a pretty good item to have on your coaching legacy!

February 2, 1986 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – At the NFL Pro Bowl for the 1985 season the NFC beat the AFC, 28-24. The MVP of the game was Giants Quarterback Phil Simms.

February 2, 1992 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – NFC outlasted their AFC counterparts, 21-15 at the NFL Pro Bowl. Michael Irvin, the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, earned the MVP of the game.

February 2, 1997 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – Quarterback Mark Brunell of the Jacksonville Jaguars won a game MVP honor as he helped his AFC teammates overcome the NFC in an exciting overtime 26-23 victory at the NFL Pro Bowl for the 1996 season.

February 2, 2003  – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – At the 2002 seasons NFL Pro Bowl, the AFC dominated the NFC with a final score of 45-23, the contest’s MVP was Dolphins running back Ricky Williams.

February 2, 2014 – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey – Super Bowl XLVIII was a fairly one sided affair as the Seattle Seahawks knocked around the Denver Broncos, 43-8. The famed Legion of Doom defense of the Seahawks made life miserable for veteran QB Peyton Manning, as they picked off two of his passes and harassed and hurried the legendary thrower all game. The game started with a bad snap by the Bronco which led to 36 unanswered points until Denver finally got on the board with Manning pass to Demaryius Thomas TD strike of 14 yards on the last play of the 3rd quarter. Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith took home the game’s MVP trophy per the PFR.

February 2, 2020 – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida – Super Bowl LIV saw a team that had not been in the big game in a half century!  The Kansas City Chiefs were down in every playoff game leading up the Super Bowl and the big game was no different. The San Francisco 49ers held a 20-10 lead with over six minutes to play in the game only to watch it evaporate with Mahomes orchestrating 21 unanswered points in less than 6 minutes! The Kansas City Chiefs captured the NFL title with a victory over the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20. The young gun Patrick Mahomes quarterback of the Chiefs grabbed the MVP honors and gave Kansas City its first championship victory in 50 years! Mahomes threw 2 picks but also had a couple of TD tosses as he passed for 286 yards and ran another score in with his legs per the Pro Football Reference.

February 2, 2022 – The Washington Football Team of the NFL, after departing two years earlier from the nickname of Redskins announced that they would now be the Washington Commanders going forward. The franchise rolled out three different uniforms, two of them with the traditional maroon and gold and one that sported almost entirely black in color from helmet to pants.

HOF Birthdays

February 2, 1895 – Where would we be in Pro Football without the great contributions of George Halas who was born on this day. Maybe a better question would be if we have Pro football without Mr Halas. Halas was a very good player, In College Halas caught a Touchdown pass from Paddy Driscoll as the Great Lakes Naval Station team cruised to a 17-0 Rose Bowl victory  over the Mare Island Marines squad. Halas went on to help organize and coach the Decatur Staleys, was handed ownership of the franchise by Mr. Staley himself and then moved the team to the Windy City and re-branded them as the Chicago Bears. In 1920 Papa Bear met with other professional teams across the Midwest to organize the APFA, the early name of the NFL in Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile Showroom over a bucket of beer! Halas also coached the Bears squad for 40 seasons stepping away once to serve in World War II. George Halas according to his bio on the HOF site finished with 318 regular-season wins and 324 total victories which were both long-standing NFL records until Don Shula surpassed them in 1993. His Chicago Bears teams won six NFL titles, the first coming in 1921 after the Staleys moved to Chicago. The Pro Football Hall of Fame recognized George Halas when they enshrined him in the inaugural induction ceremony in 1963.

February 2, 1952 – Bemidji, Minnesota – The awesome University of Notre Dame Tight End, Dave Casper was born.  The NFF has an excellent bio on Dave Casper in which they state that  he earned All-America honors on the field and in the classroom. Casper led the Fighting Irish to a national championship while earning consensus All-America honors. Casper caught three passes for 75 yards in No. 5 Notre Dame’s 24-23 win over No. 1 Alabama in the 1973 Sugar Bowl. The National Football Foundation voters selected Dave Casper for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. As we learned a few days ago in the Football History Headlines, Casper was picked in the second round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He played 10 seasons with the Silver and Black and one with the Vikings and was named as an All- Pro in four consecutive years according to the ProFootballHOF.com site garnering the honor five times overall in his brilliant career. Casper was part of NFL history as he scored on the infamous Holy Roller Play that led to a Raiders victory over San Diego. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Dave Casper into their museum of legends in 2002. 

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

32- 18 -19 – 7 – 44 – 89 -15

February 2, 1876

February 2, 1876 – Baseball’s National League forms at the Grand Central Hotel, NYC with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St Louis.

February 2, 1943 – The Chicago Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest.

February 2, 1954 – Rio Grande College’s star hoops player Bevo Francis, who wore Number 32, scored 113 pts in basketball game against Hillsdale. if the name sounds familiar, it is as we talked about ole Bevo putting up 116 points last week on another opponent.

February 2, 1959 Vince Lombardi signed a memorable 5 year contract to coach NFL Green Bay Packers. Lombardi had the Packers in contention for an NFL title in all but one of his seasons at the helm.

February 2, 1964 –  Pitchers Red Faber (Number 18 & 19 of the White Sox), Burleigh Grimes (who once wore 16, 18, 20, 21, 23 & 37 with various clubs),  Tim Keefe (played before numbers with various clubs) , Leftfielder Heinie Manush (who once wore 2,3, 7, 14, 26 & 36 with various clubs)SS John M. Ward , & Miller Huggins (both played before numbers with various clubs)all were elected to enter in to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

February 2, 1967 – Formation of American Basketball Association is announced. The A. B. A. was a former competitive league to the NBA, merged with the NBA in 1976 and then dissolved when four of its members joined into the National Basketball Association in 1979.

February 2, 1969 – Stan Coveleski (played before numbers with various clubs)and Waite Hoyt (who wore Numbers 11, 12, 14, 15, 19, 28, 34 & 48 with various clubs) are voted into baseball Hall of Fame

February 2, 1970 – Pete Maravich who wore Number 7 and 44 in his career became the first player to score 3,000 points in his collegiate career of basketball 

February 2, 1976 – Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom and umpire Cal Hubbard elected to Baseball Hall of Fame. Hubbard is also in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a gridiron player.

February 2, 1987 – Kansas City Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard who was a 20 game winner three times in his career, retired from playing the game.

February 2, 1997 – Scotty Bowman becomes first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games

February 2, 2012 – Edmonton Oilers skater Number 89 Sam Gagner becomes the first player to scores eight points in one game as he and his Oilers against teammates doubled up the Chicago Blackhawks 8-4. The four assists and four goals matched a record set by three greats: Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey and Jari Kurri.

February 2, 2014 – Super Bowl XLVIII played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey had the Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos, 42-8. The game’sMVP was Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith, who wore Number 53 for the Hawks.

February 2, 2020  – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida – Super Bowl LIV saw a team that had not been in the big game in a half century!  The Kansas City Chiefs captured the NFL title with a victory over the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20. The young gun Number 15 Patrick Mahomes quarterback of the Chiefs grabbed the MVP honors ! Mahomes threw 2 picks but also had a couple of TD tosses as he passed for 286 yards and ran another score in with his legs per the Pro Football Reference.

TV SPORTS FRIDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

6:30 p.m.

CBSSN — Kent St. at Buffalo

7 p.m.

ESPN2 — St. Bonaventure at Dayton

ESPNU — Princeton at Yale

FS1 — Ohio St. at Iowa

9 p.m.

ESPN2 — Toledo at Akron

FS1 — Butler at Creighton

11 p.m.

FS1 — San Jose St. at Nevada

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

10 p.m.

PAC-12N — Southern Cal at Stanford

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (WOMEN’S)

7 p.m.

ACCN — NC State at Clemson

SECN — Florida at Georgia

8 p.m.

PAC-12N — Oregon St. at Utah

8:30 p.m.

SECN — Kentucky at Alabama

COLLEGE HOCKEY (MEN’S)

8:30 p.m.

CBSSN — Minn. Duluth at Omaha

COLLEGE WRESTLING

6:30 p.m.

BTN — Ohio St. at Penn St.

8:30 p.m.

ACCN — North Carolina at NC State

BTN — Iowa at Michigan

FIGURE SKATING

8 a.m.

E! — ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships: Women’s Free + Ceremony, Shanghai (Taped)

GOLF

5 a.m.

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Bahrain Championship, Second Round, Royal GC, Al Mazrowiah, Bahrain

3 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Second Round, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.

11 p.m.

GOLF — Women’s Amateur: The Asia-Pacific Championship, Third Round, Siam Country Club, Pattaya, Thailand

4 a.m. (Saturday)

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Bahrain Championship, Third Round, Royal GC, Al Mazrowiah, Bahrain

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL (GIRL’S)

9 p.m.

ESPNU — Episcopal (Texas) vs. Houston Christian (Texas)

HORSE RACING

3 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

NBA BASKETBALL

8 p.m.

NBATV — Golden State at Memphis

NHL HOCKEY

7 p.m.

ESPN — NHL All-Star 2024: Skills Competition, Toronto

SOCCER (MEN’S)

5:45 p.m.

FS2 — CONMEBOL U-23 Olympic Qualifier 2024 Group Stage: Argentina vs. Uruguay, Group B, Valencia, Venezuela

SOCCER (WOMEN’S)

12:55 p.m.

FS2 — 2024 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group Stage: U.S. vs. Panama, Group A, Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico

3 p.m.

CBSSN — D1 Arekma: Paris Saint Germain at Fleury

TENNIS

6 a.m.

TENNIS — Hua Hin-WTA, Montpellier-ATP Qualifiers; Davis Cup Qualifiers: Canada vs. Korea

10 a.m.

TENNIS — Davis

TENNIS — Davis Cup Qualifiers: USA vs. Ukraine

12 a.m. (Saturday)

TENNIS — Davis Cup Qualifiers: France vs. Chinese Taipei

5 a.m. (Saturday)

TENNIS — Hua Hin-WTA, Montpellier-ATP Semifinals

6 a.m. (Saturday) TENNIS — Hua Hin-WTA, Montpellier-ATP Semifinals